Percentage of Latinos feds frustrates leaders
The Federal Eye reports in Friday's Post:
The percentage of Latinos in the federal workforce remained flat in 2009 compared with the previous year, and the total number of Hispanic hires dropped, according to an annual government report. The results frustrated Hispanic leaders, concerned that the low numbers of Latinos on federal payrolls do not properly reflect their growing numbers nationwide.
Hispanics accounted for 8 percent of federal workers in the year that ended June 30, about five percentage points lower than the 13.2 percent of Latinos employed across the country's civilian workforce, according to a report by the Office of Personnel Management. The percentage of new Hispanic hires dropped to 7.3 percent, down two percentage points from 2008. But the overall number of Latinos in the government climbed to 144,288, up from 137,767 in June 2008. The overall percentage remained flat because the government made other hires and retained a high number of Hispanics, the OPM said.
"The federal government is not fully tapping the talent in the Hispanic community for public service," the report concluded.
National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguia agreed, calling the findings "unbelievable."
"At a time when Latinos are the fastest-growing segment of the labor force, the rate of federal Hispanic hiring is actually going down," Murguia said in a statement. "That the numbers are going in the wrong direction is evidence of a deep, systemic failure."
| April 23, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
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