Equal Opportunity Data Mining: National Statistics about Working Artists (2006-2010)

Posted April 2013



Title of Dataset

EEO Tables for 2006-2010


Every 10 Years


U.S.Census Bureau's American Community Survey; Multiple Agencies*

Research Topic

Artists in the Workforce; Other Arts/Cultural Occupations

Notable Features

  • Micro-geographic coverage. Data for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, metro and micro areas; counties; and "places"
  • Detailed occupations (including self-employed workers)
  • Demographic and socioeconomic variables include age, gender, race and ethnicity, citizenship, disability
    status, industry affiliation, earnings, education level, employment
    status, place of residency, and place of work

National Overview

There are 2,081,735 million artists in the United States, identified by the occupation to which they which
devoted the most hours in a given week. These artists fall into one of
11 occupations, and together they compose 1.35 percent of the total workforce.

  * Why are the EEO Tables Produced?

The U.S. Census Bureau produces the EEO tables for four sponsoring agencies: the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; the Department of Justice; the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs at the Department of Labor; and the Office of Personnel Management.

The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, along with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, sponsors the supplemental Disability Tabulations. 

Both the EEO and Disability tabulations serve as the federal standard for comparing the race, ethnicity, and gender composition of the labor market within a specified geography and job category.