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    Wal-Mart Says It Maintains Diverse Workforce

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has made small increases in the number minorities and women it employs since last year, according to figures released by the retailer on Friday.

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has made small increases in the number minorities and women it employs since last year, according to figures released by the retailer on Friday.

    This is the second year that Wal-Mart, which faces the largest discrimination class-action lawsuit in U.S. history, has publicized its report to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

    Among Wal-Mart's 1.35 million U.S. employees, women made up 60.9 percent in 2006, compared to 60.5 percent the year before. Minorities were 33.1 percent versus 31.8 percent, including blacks at 17.5 percent, up from 16.8 percent.

    Hispanics accounted for 11.4 percent, compared to 11.2 percent in 2005. The rate for Asians was 3.1 percent versus 2.7 percent in 2005. Native Americans were barely changed at 1.2 percent after 1.1 percent the year before.

    Wal-Mart said there were increases for minorities in all job categories, from clerks and technicians to managers and professionals.

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