Agency Protecting Latino Employment Has Worst Hiring of Them in 2011


In a ironic twist, the agency with the worst hiring record when it comes to Latinos is none other than the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the department charged with fighting discrimination in hiring.
The number of Latinos in federal employment grew marginally from the 2010 fiscal year to 2011 but the numbers of new hires shut up significantly in the Senior Executive Service from 2.7 percent to 5.4 percent.
As the Washington Post observed, the numbers decreased at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where, from 2010 to 2011, the number and percentage of Hispanics fell — from 344 to 328 and 13.7 percent to 13.4 percent. Other agencies showing a decrease were Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, State Department (not including foreign service), and Health and Human Services.
“We need to cultivate, foster and develop a workplace that is both diverse and inclusive – a workplace that sustains that diverse and inclusive culture over time,” said OPM director John Berry in a letter to President Obama. The annual report is the result of an executive order issued 13 years ago during the Clinton administration.
The Department of Homeland Security continued to employ the largest percentage of Hispanics, with 20.9 percent of its total workforce identified as Hispanic, followed by the Social Security Administration (14.3 percent), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (13.4 percent), and the Department of Treasury (9.1 percent).
Since 2000, Hispanic representation in the permanent federal workforce has grown from 6.5 percent to 8.1 percent. Whites made up 66.1 percent, Blacks represented 18 percent, Asian/Pacific Islanders 5.9 percent, American Indians 2.0 percent, and 0.1 percent of the workforce was of unspecified ethnicity. Latinos represent about 16.1 percent of the U.S. population.
Hispanic hiring as a percentage of total hiring into professional and administrative occupations increased from 3.9 percent in FY 2010 to 4.0 percent in FY 2011. Positions in professional occupations (e.g., accounting, psychology, engineering) and administrative occupations (e.g., human resources management, information technology, program analysis) typically have higher-graded career ladders and are more likely to lead to management and SES positions. Hispanic hiring as a percentage of new hires into professional occupations increased slightly from 3.5 percent in FY 2010 to 3.6 percent in FY 2011. Hispanics as a percentage of new hires into administrative occupations increased slightly from 4.2 percent in FY 2010 to 4.3 percent in FY 2011.
The five top professional occupations hired by the federal government for Latinos was nurse, medical officer, contracting, social work and general attorney. While the largest number of Hispanic new hires were found in the nursing profession, the greatest percentage of Hispanic new hires were found in the patent examining occupation (6.4 percent) and the electric engineering occupation (6.3 percent), followed by the medical officer (4.6) and psychology occupations (4.6 percent).
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