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EEOC report shows little change in federal workforce

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A report by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission shows no increase in the percentage of Latinos in the federal workforce and a small increase in people of color in senior-level positions.

They remain under-represented, however, in comparison to their numbers in the population.

At the release of the Annual Report on the Federal Work Force Part II, EEOC Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien said her agency “will continue to work with federal government leaders to identify and remove barriers to equal employment opportunity and promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workplace.”

The percentage of Hispanic employees in the federal workforce was 7.9 percent in fiscal 2009 and 2010. The level of people with disabilities in the workforce was steady at 0.88 percent.

At the senior pay levels, white workers remained the overwhelming majority, yet declined slightly from 86.88 percent in 2001 to 83.14 percent in 2010.

During the same period, Latinos continued to be poorly represented in senior-level positions, moving from 3.07 percent to 3.67 percent. African Americans also increased less than 1 percent while continuing to be under-represented at the top levels, moving from 6.76 percent to 7.54 percent.

Senior-level women increased several percentage points from 24.12 percent in 2001 to 29.85 percent in 2010. That remains, however, far below their proportion of the general population or the overall federal workforce.

An EEOC statement said that, overall, “there has been little change in the composition of the federal workforce over the years.” In 2010, 56 percent of the employees were men and 44 percent were women.

Other demographics:

  • • 65.4 percent were white
  • • 17.9 percent were black
  • • 7.9 percent were Hispanic
  • • 5.9 percent were Asian
  • • 1.6 percent were American Indian or Alaska Native
  • • .08 percent were persons of two or more races
  • • .04 percent were Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander

federaldiary@washpost.com

Correction: In an earlier version of this post, the EEOC listed an incorrect percentage for Hispanics in the demographics data immediately above.

Previous columns by Joe Davidson are available at wapo.st/JoeDavidson. Follow the Federal Diary on Twitter: @JoeDavidsonWP

Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about federal government and workplace issues that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012. Davidson previously was an assistant city editor at The Washington Post and a Washington and foreign correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered federal agencies and political campaigns.

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