State agencies are starting to plan how they’ll hire more Asian-American workers. Tuesday, a new Asian-American Advisory Council, handpicked by Governor Pat Quinn, meets with agency representatives to identify barriers to Asian-American employment and promotion in the state labor force.
The council will also chart out how they’ll recruit, retain, and promote more Asian-Americans.
The effort comes from the State Asian-American Employment Plan, passed in the General Assembly and signed by Quinn last year.
The effort is similar to other plans for Hispanics and African-Americans, aimed at ensuring the mix of state employees reflects Illinois’ diversity. A report released in February shows that although Asian-Americans represent about 5 percent of Illinois’ population, they comprise only about 2.5 percent of the state’s workforce.