Hispanic Representation in the Federal Workforce Increases Very Slightly
July 31, 2012
The percentage of full-time civilian Hispanic employees in the federal government barely increased in fiscal 2011, but there was more significant progress on hiring Hispanics into senior-level jobs, according to new data from the Office of Personnel Management.
Federal agencies employed about 4,000 more Hispanics in fiscal 2011 than in fiscal 2010, and the percentage of Hispanics in the workforce inched up from 8 percent to 8.1 percent during that same period, OPM said in its annual “Report on Hispanic Employment in the Federal Government.” The report is part of the agency’s efforts to comply with an executive order establishing a governmentwide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce.
Hiring showed a more significant uptick, with the percentage of Hispanic new hires rising from 6.3 percent in fiscal 2010 to 6.7 percent in fiscal 2011. The percentage of Hispanics hired into the Senior Executive Service went from 2.7 percent in fiscal 2010 to 5.4 percent in fiscal 2011, OPM said.