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CADIA Announces Initial Findings from Transportation Industry Diversity Study

December 12, 2023

CADIA (Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion and Advancement)
Dec. 11, 2023

On Monday, Dec. 11, the Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion and Advancement released initial findings from Driving Diversity: Unlocking the Power of Diverse Workforces for the Future of the Transportation Industry, a comprehensive industry survey supported by KPMG LLP and MichAuto.

“Michigan is the leader and global epicenter for mobility research, engineering, and manufacturing. It is also essential that we lead and set an example for diversity, equity, and inclusion in our industry,” said Glenn Stevens Jr., Executive Director of MichAuto and Vice President of Automotive and Mobility Initiatives at the Detroit Regional Chamber. “It is past time for our industry to reflect — increasingly in leadership positions — the meaningful contributions of all who have been part of its growth and success, especially women and people of color. MichAuto is proud not only to help bring this data to life, but also to participate in mobilizing the positive changes it will inspire.”

Key findings from the study include:

  • Thirty-one percent of the transportation industry workforce is racially/ethnically diverse, compared to 38% of the overall U.S. workforce.
  • Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino workers have relatively high representation in Manufacturing and Operations but are underrepresented in leadership roles compared to their share of the industry workforce.
  • Women make up 24% of the workforce in the transportation industry but 47% of the overall U.S. workforce.
  • Attrition rates for diverse workers are generally higher than that of the industry average.
  • Representation of women among Executive, Senior Leadership and Manager roles (23%) is largely proportional to representation of women in the industry workforce (24%).