Hispanic groups across the country are trying to identify the barriers that have kept Latinos from climbing the socioeconomic ladder by studying the success in different areas of other minority ethnic groups.
One economic sector in which Hispanics have been long dogged by underrepresentation is the federal workforce. According to The Washington Post, Hispanic organizations have taken note of how African-Americans have gotten a foot in the federal employment door and helped others follow them in.
Latinos make up 17 percent of the U.S. population, but only 8.2 percent of the 1.9 million federal workers, the Post reported. By comparison, African-Americans comprise 13 percent of the population but 18.2 percent of the federal workforce.
“Our community could be way ahead financially if we were able to participate in federal government hiring the way African-Americans did,” said Edward Valenzuela, co-chairman of the Coalition for Fairness for Hispanics …