Who got federal jobs in 2012?

The Partnership for Public Service recently released a brief analyzing the federal government’s 2012 hiring class. Due to sequestration, federal hiring was down in 2012, and many vacant positions were not backfilled. Here are some characteristics of new federal hires in 2012:

  • According to the Partnership, 115,341 employees left the federal government in 2012, and only 89,689 new hires were made. As a result, 25,652 more people left the federal government than were replaced.
  • Of the 89,689 new hires…
    • 86.8% were hired by 10 agencies: Veterans Affairs (24.4%), Army (13.8%), Navy (13.2%), Air Force (8.4%), Homeland Security (6.6%), Justice (5.9%), Defense (5.4%), Health and Human Services (4.2%), Commerce (2.7%) and Agriculture (2.2%)
    • 78.8% were hired by defense- and security-related agencies, with 40.8% hired by Department of Defense offices alone
    • 44.7% were veterans
    • 55.8% were hired at the GS-5 through GS-9 levels (as a reminder, GS-5 is the pay grade for entry-level candidates with a bachelor’s degree, and GS-9 is the pay grade for candidates with a master’s degree and some experience)
    • 28.9% held a bachelor’s degree, and 15.5% held a master’s degree
    • 17.4% were between the ages of 25-29, and 17.2% were between the ages of 30-34
    • 11.6% had a documented disability
    • 70.3% were White, 15.9% were Black/African American, 5.2% were Hispanic/Latino, 5% were Asian and 1.6% were Native American — this is important, as the number of new hires identifying as Hispanic/Latino or Black/African American was smaller than their share of the total federal workforce
    • 40.8% were women
  • The top 10 occupational groups for 2012 hires were public health/medical (21.7%), general administrative (14.5%), investigation (6.0%), miscellaneous (5.8%), information technology (5.3%), engineering (5.0%), social science/psychology/welfare (4.9%), accounting and budget (4.8%), business (4.4%) and legal (4.3%).
  • The 5 jurisdictions with the highest number of new hires were Virginia (10.8%), DC (9.0%), Texas (8.0%), California (7.1%) and Maryland (5.8%).
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