The State Worker

Hispanics underrepresented in California state government

Caltrans workers plow and clear snow from the parking lot of the Donner Summit rest area in Donner Summit. Hispanics are the most underrepresented ethnic group in California’s largest state agencies, according to a Sacramento Bee analysis, while both whites and blacks comprise a larger percentage of the state civil service than they represent in the general population.
Caltrans workers plow and clear snow from the parking lot of the Donner Summit rest area in Donner Summit. Hispanics are the most underrepresented ethnic group in California’s largest state agencies, according to a Sacramento Bee analysis, while both whites and blacks comprise a larger percentage of the state civil service than they represent in the general population. Sacramento Bee file

Hispanics are the most underrepresented ethnic group in California’s largest state agencies, according to a Sacramento Bee analysis, while both whites and blacks comprise a larger percentage of the state civil service than they represent in the general population.

According to U.S. Census Bureau data for the last year available, 2012, Hispanics made up 38 percent of the state population. State data show they accounted for 23 percent of total government workers in departments with 1,000 or more employees.

On the other end, whites accounted for 47 percent in those departments compared to about 40 percent of the population statewide. Blacks accounted for a little more than 10 percent of the government’s workforce, nearly double the state’s percentage of black residents.

Asians acounted for 10 percent of the workforce. Statewide, that group accounts for 13 percent of the population.

Scroll over the chart below for particulars. Click here to download a spreadsheet of the demographic figures for each department, including male and female and disabled workers data.

RELATED: CHP struggles to recruit minority officers.

Call Jon Ortiz, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1043.

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