Firefighting occupations by women and race

Year

Total

Women

Black

Hispanic Origin

1983

170,000

1,700 (1.0%)

12,400 (7.3%)

6,500 (3.8%)

1984

168,000

200 (0.1%)

8,400 (5.0%)

4,700 (2.8%)

1985

186,000

1,500 (0.8%)

11,300 (6.1%)

6,100 (3.3%)

1986

205,000

3,900 (1.9%)

16,000 (7.8%)

9,000 (4.4%)

1987

204,000

1,800 (0.9%)

15,700 (7.7%)

10,800 (5.3%)

1988

195,000

4,100 (2.1%)

16,800 (8.6%)

12,500 (6.4%)

1989

188,000

6,600 (3.5%)

22,600 (12.0%)

8,300 (4.4%)

1990

205,000

4,900 (2.4%)

22,600 (11.0%)

9,000 (4.4%)

1991

200,000

2,800 (1.4%)

17,800 (8.9%)

9,400 (4.7%)

1992

190,000

4,000 (2.1%)

12,000 (6.3%)

7,000 (3.7%)

1993

188,000

6,200 (3.3%)

14,100 (7.5%)

9,400 (5.0%)

1994

195,000

4,000 (2.1%)

18,000 (9.2%)

11,000 (5.6%)

1995

237,000

6,000 (2.5%)

36,000 (15.2%)

11,000 (4.6%)

1996

217,000

4,000 (1.8%)

30,000 (13.8%)

11,000 (5.1%)

1997

218,000

7,000 (3.2%)

27,000 (12.4%)

10,000 (4.6%)

1998

228,000

5,000 (2.2%)

27,000 (11.8%)

9,000 (3.9%)

1999

223,000

4,000 (1.8%)

25,000 (11.2%)

12,000 (5.4%)

2000

233,000

7,000 (3.0%)

21,000 (9.0%)

12,000 (5.2%)

2001

250,000

7,000 (2.8%)

32,000 (12.8%)

21,000 (8.4%)

2002

248,000

8,000 (3.3%)

24,000 (9.6%)

23,000 (9.3%)

2003

258,000

9,000 (3.4%)

21,000 (8.1%)

16,000 (6.2%)

2004

268,000

14,000 (5.2%)

22,000 (8.2%)

23,000 (8.6%)

2005

243,000

8,000 (3.3%)

26,000 (10.7%)

19,000 (7.8%)

2006

253,000

9,000 (3.6%)

25,000 (9.9%)

19,000 (7.5%)

2007

288,000

15,000 (5.2%)

29,000 (10.1%)

18,000 (6.3%)

2008

293,000

14,000 (4.8%)

24,000 (8.2%)

27,000 (9.2%)

2009

284,000

9,700 (3.4%)

21,300 (7.5%)

25,000 (8.8%)

2010

301,000

10,800 (3.6%)

19,270 (6.4%)

28,900 (9.6%)

2011

305,000

11,000 (3.6%)

19,500 (6.4%)

29,300 (9.6%)

2012

295,000

10,000 (3.4%)

22,700 (7.7%)

29,200 (9.9%)

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Average 2008-2012

295,600

11,000 (3.8%)

21,400 (7.2%)

27,900 (9.4%)

*Includes only career firefighters. Excludes administrators and managers, fire code inspectors and volunteer firefighters.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Household Data Survey. Numbers of firefighters are based on a sample of U. S. households. It appears that the percentage changes are not significant. Contact the Bureau of Labor Statistics for specifics on their survey methodology.

These numbers can change considerably from year to year because of their small size and sample variability.

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