Methods and Terminology

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Ramsey County holds a strong commitment to support and grow a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve.  Grounded in the county’s Mission, Vision, Goals and Values, the county is committed to advancing racial equity and promoting an inclusive organizational culture through our Values, which focus on people, integrity, community, leadership and equity.


In order to provide relevant statistical data as an employer, our workforce is compared to the U.S. Census (2010) of Civilian Labor Force in both Ramsey County and the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metropolitan Statistical Area, as well as data reported for Ramsey County in the Five-Year Estimates (2014-2018) from the American Community Survey - U.S. Census Bureau for the general population of Ramsey County and its civilian labor force.
 This report:
  • Presents workforce statistics for all full- and part-time permanent employees in the county. 
  • Does not include intermittent employees, student workers, student interns or temporary staff in the historical or current data.
  • Provides data grouped by Generations, New Hires, Promotions and Separations. 
Data collection:
  • Is in accordance with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reporting requirements. 
  • Uses broad terms like “racially and ethnically diverse employees.”   
  • Uses U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) terminology to describe racial and ethnic groups and gender.
  • Uses EEO-4 job Categories to group the workforce into their primary functions. 


The following terms serve as standard language when the county discusses strategic investment in and further advancement of racial equity in hiring, retention and promotion:
 Gender includes male or female. 
Race & Ethnicity includes White; Black or African American; Hispanic or Latino; American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian; and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.
Racially and ethnically diverse employees include Black or African American; Hispanic or Latino; American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian; and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.
Due to space limitations in this report, the following abbreviated titles are used:
  • Black includes Black or African American employees.
  • Am. Indian includes Native American, American Indian or Alaska Native employees.
  • Hispanic includes Latino, Latina or Latinx employees.
  • Hawaiian includes Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander employees.
 Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)-4 Job Category is defined for state and local government job and includes:
  • Officials and Administrators: Occupations in which employees set broad policies, exercise overall responsibility for execution of these policies, or direct individual departments or special phases of the agency's operations, or provide specialized consultation on a regional, district or area basis. Includes: department heads, bureau chiefs, division chiefs, directors, deputy directors, controllers, wardens, superintendents, sheriffs, police and fire chiefs and inspectors, examiners, inspectors, assessors, tax appraisers and investigators, coroners, farm managers, and kindred workers.
  • Professionals: Occupations which require specialized and theoretical knowledge which is usually acquired through college training or through work experience and other training which provides comparable knowledge. Includes: personnel and labor relations workers, social workers, doctors, psychologists, registered nurses, economists, dietitians, lawyers, systems analysts, accountants, engineers, employment and vocational rehabilitation counselors, teachers or instructors, police and fire captains and lieutenants, librarians, management analysts, airplane pilots and navigators, surveyors and mapping scientists, and kindred workers.
  • Technicians: Occupations which require a combination of basic scientific or technical knowledge and manual skill which can be obtained through specialized post-secondary school education or through equivalent on-the-job training. This includes computer programmers, drafters, survey and mapping technicians, licensed practical nurses, photographers, radio operators, technical illustrators, highway technicians, technicians, police and fire sergeants, inspectors and kindred workers.
  • Protective Service Workers: Occupations in which workers are entrusted with public safety, security and protection from destructive forces. Includes: police patrol officers firefighters, guards, deputy sheriffs, bailiffs, correctional officers, detectives, marshals, harbor patrol officers, game and fish wardens, park rangers and kindred workers.
  • Paraprofessionals: Occupations in which workers perform some of the duties of a professional or technician in a supportive role, which usually require less formal training and/or experience normally required for professional or technical status. Such positions may fall within an identified pattern of staff development and promotion under a "New Careers" concept. Included: research assistants, medical aides, child support workers, policy auxiliary welfare service aides, recreation assistants, homemakers aides, home health aides, library assistants and clerks, ambulance drivers and attendants, and kindred workers.
  • Administrative Support: Occupations in which workers are responsible for internal and external communication, recording and retrieval of data and/or information and other paperwork required in an office. Includes: bookkeepers, messengers, clerk-typist, stenographers, court transcribers, hearing reporters, statistical clerks, dispatchers, license distributors, payroll clerks, office machine and computer operators, telephone operators, legal assistants, sales workers, cashiers, toll collectors, and kindred workers.
  • Skilled Craft Workers: Occupations in which workers perform jobs which require special manual skill and a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of the process involved in the work which is acquired through on-the-job training and experience or through apprenticeship or other formal training programs. Includes: mechanics and repairers electricians, heavy equipment operators, stationary engineers, skilled machining occupations, carpenters, compositors and typesetters, power plant operators, water and sewage treatment plant operators, and kindred workers.
  • Service-Maintenance: Occupations in which workers perform duties which result in or contribute to the comfort, convenience, hygiene or safety of the general public or which contribute to the upkeep and care of buildings, facilities or grounds of public property. Workers in this group may operate machinery. Includes: chauffeurs, laundry and dry cleaning operatives, truck drivers, bus drivers, garage laborers, custodial employees, gardeners and groundskeepers, refuse collectors, construction laborers, park rangers (maintenance), farm workers (except managers), craft apprentices/trainees/helpers, and kindred workers.

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