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Government Lags in Hiring of Latinos

Government Lags in Hiring of Latinos

Sonia Sotomayor meets with Sen. Jeff Bingaman. She is the first latina woman to reach the Supreme Court. However, hiring lags for other latinos interested in government.

Latino Americans may be the nation’s fastest-growing minority group, but they’re also the most underrepresented among civilian federal employees. As of last September, Hispanics accounted for about 8 percent of the total civilian federal workforce, according to the Office of Personnel Management. That’s well below the 13.2 percent of Hispanics in the national civilian labor force, according to Labor Department statistics.

Of the 25 largest government agencies, 17 s...

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