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Latino Daily News

Monday June 13, 2011

Despite Latino Population Surge, Number of Hispanics Working for Federal Gov’t Not Increasing

Despite Latino Population Surge, Number of Hispanics Working for Federal Gov’t Not Increasing

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The Hispanic population maybe the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population but that fact is not represented in the newest employment figures for the federal government.

Though the percentage of minorities working for the federal government has increased by 5 percent their hiring numbers for Hispanics have remained flat from year-to-year.  According to the 2010 Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment report there are 647,588 minority employees working for the federal government.

The majority or 66.2 percent of federal workers are white, followed by 18 percent African Americans, 8 percent Hispanic, 5.6 percent Asian and 1.8 percent Native American.

Increases were seen in the number of black, Asian and Native Americans while there were less women in federal positions. Meanwhile the same number of Hispanics are working for the government.

The ‘widest disparity between the federal and national workforce is still among Hispanics’ said the Washington Post.  No reason is given why there is such a gap between the number of Hispanic federal workers and those in the national labor force.