August 27, 2007

EMULATING FAILURE:

Wanted: Latinos to fill federal jobs: Theirs is the only ethnic minority underrepresented in the government workforce. The U.S. is using media and other methods to try to change that (Claudia Lauer, August 27, 2007, LA Times)

[U]nless this program succeeds where others like it have failed, the end result may be no more than a fractional gain: Despite the government's efforts, Latino representation in the federal workforce rose just two-tenths of a percentage point from 2005 to 2006.

Historically, minorities have found federal employment a road to opportunity. The proportions of African Americans, Asian Americans and Native Americans working for the government all equal or exceed the corresponding percentages in the civilian workforce.

Latinos, on the other hand, make up 7.6% of the federal workforce, compared with 12.8% of the civilian labor force. But Latinos have made significant gains in federal internship programs at the agencies where they are most underrepresented. Because internships tend to increase the likelihood of a job offer, an increase in the number of Latino employees might be expected -- though it doesn't seem to be working that way.


As Thomas Sowell has written, immigrant groups that sought political power and patronage--the Irish Catholics of Boston, for example--ended up economically retarded, while those that eschewed government influence for economic success--for example, Jews--ended up with both. Why would Latinos choose to follow the formula for economic failure that blacks and Indians followed?

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 27, 2007 12:00 AM
Comments

Why indeed -- coupled that with their understandable aversion to bureaucracy, it makes sense to them to stay away from the federales.

Posted by: erp at August 27, 2007 11:39 AM
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