The representation of persons self-identifying as Hispanic—the term OPM uses in federal workforce demographics reports—continues to increase, passing 9.1 percent in 2018, according to the latest accounting.
That figure is up from 6.4 percent in 2000 and is close to the 10.8 percent of Hispanics in the overall workforce, after taking into account U.S. citizenship, which is required for nearly all federal jobs.
Percentages increased at all but two of the 18 Cabinet departments and all but two of the 27 independent agencies covered in the report, accounting for 9.4 percent of all new hires. OPM cited initiatives including outreach to Hispanic-serving affinity groups and guidance on recruiting qualified applicants from all segments of society that were presented to some 1,000 agency HR practitioners and hiring managers.
By agency, the percentage is the highest at DHS, 22.6, followed by SSA, 15.6 and EEOC, 15.4. In contrast, the figure is 1.8 at GPO, 3.2 at NARA, and 3.3 at CFTC.
The report added, though, that just 4.6 percent of the SES identifies as Hispanic, about half the rate in the overall workforce. Other minority groups also are under-represented in the SES in comparison with their overall numbers.