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May 2010
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2010-146
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Health Disparities in Manufacturing

One of the central features of the contemporary U.S. workforce is that it is increasingly diverse, reflecting the changing demographic characteristics of our nation. In 2008, 15.6% of the U.S. employed labor force identified themselves as foreign-born: 19.2% were white non-Hispanic or Latino, 49.4% were of Hispanic ethnicity,1 and an estimated 12.8% were employed in the Manufacturing Sector. In 2008, 3.8% of all employed workers were age 16-19 (1.4% in Manufacturing) and 18.4% were over 55 (18.1% in Manufacturing). Approximately 4% of workers in the U.S. labor force identify themselves as disabled

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