The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the nation’s largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights organization, challenged the federal government and Corporate America to appoint more Latinos to higher positions. The call to action was made today at this year’s 81st Annual LULAC National Convention taking place in Albuquerque July 12 - July 17.
By the numbers, Latinos are the dominant minority group in the nation, totaling more than 15 percent of the population, a proportion that continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. However, Hispanics account for less than 13 percent of the total U.S. labor force and only six percent of 384 open board positions are held by Hispanics.
According to the latest data (2008) from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, less than eight percent of the federal personnel are Latino. In recent years, a number of high-visibility initiatives have been directed to improve those statistics, but the numbers continue to lag. Despite their seemingly best efforts, Federal agencies have made little progress in recruiting and retaining Hispanic employees over the last decade.
Across the board, the feds have managed to achieve only 7.8 percent participation by Hispanics in the government workforce. And the news gets worse: Hispanic men and women today represent only 3.6 percent of individuals at federal senior pay levels—a proportion that drops to 2.5 percent when you take political appointees out of the calculation.