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Federal workforce diversity improves slightly

While the federal workforce declined over a one-year period, diversity increased slightly among racial minorities, but the number of women declined, according part two of an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission report released last week.

While the federal workforce declined over a one-year period, diversity increased slightly among racial minorities, but the number of women declined, according part two of an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission report released last week.

According to the report  released in Aug. 19 – which examined the period of Oct. 1, 2010 through Sept. 30, 2011 – overall diversity ticked up slightly across racial ethnic groups by only a few percentage points.

About 17.9 percent of federal workers were black, 8 percent were Hispanic or Latino, 6 percent were Asian and 0.4 percent were Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander. And the overall participation rate for women also fell from 43.81 percent, down from 43.97 percent, after a period of steady gains.

The report also found that the number of feds with severe disabilities – such as deafness, blindness, missing extremities, partial or complete paralysis – increased to 0.90 percent after a consecutive 10-year decline.

The full report is available at:  http://www.eeoc.gov/federal/reports/fsp2011_2/index.cfm

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