Relatively strong job growth in November pushed the Latino unemployment rate to its lowest level in five years. Today’s Monthly Latino Employment Report from the National NCLR shows that the Latino unemployment rate for November was 8.7 percent thanks to an increase in the number of Latino jobseekers who found work last month. The overall U.S. unemployment rate also declined to 7.0 percent.
Kudos to the Carlos Rosario International Public School, a member of the national NCLR Affiliate Network in Washington, DC! The school won an award for its outstanding adult education programs from the Migration Policy Institute’s (MPI) National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy. MPI recently announced that Carlos Rosario was one of four winners of its 2013 E Pluribus Unum Prizes for exceptional immigrant integration initiatives. As an award recipient, the school will receive a $50,000 grant.
“This is terrific news. The Carlos Rosario International Public School is a culturally vibrant learning center that has helped thousands of immigrants gain the work skills they need to find good jobs and build stable lives in Washington, DC,” said Sonia Pérez, NCLR Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives. Continue reading →
In a speech in Washington this week, President Obama said that income inequality is the “defining challenge of our time.” Speaking at the Arts and Recreation Center in the low-income southeast Washington neighborhood of Anacostia, the president underscored an issue that has repeatedly ranked at the top of concerns Americans have about the future and their own upward mobility. Indeed, Latinos have said in poll after poll that the economy is their top priority as well and agree, as the president pointed out, that the “basic bargain at the heart of the economy has frayed.” President Obama said that his last three years in office would be dedicated to addressing the ever-widening income gap.
Watch the president’s whole speech below followed by a look at income inequality by the numbers:
A look at some of the statistics related to income inequality, some of which the president outlined, are revealing and provide some insight into the challenge that lay ahead. Continue reading →
Our President and CEO, Janet Murguía, joined MSNBC’s Chris Hayes last night on his prime time news program, “All In.” The topic was on Speaker Boehner’s new staffer, Rebecca Tallent, who will be overseeing his immigration efforts. Check out the whole interview below.
This year, gift-giving is not just for the family. By giving to NCLR, you are making a gift to millions of Latinos who you have yet to meet. On this #GivingTuesday, give a gift to your neighbor and make a new amigo.
NCLR’s programming ensures that Latinos have access to opportunities that will enrich their lives. Most recently, thanks to our new national campaign, ¡Inscríbete!, we’ve been working to guarantee that all who are eligible for health insurance get covered.
The House: The House will reconvene Monday afternoon to consider three bills under suspension of the rules. The most notable among these is a measure by Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.) that would extent an existing law for ten years requiring guns to be manufactured with metal components to ensure they can be detected by X-ray machines and security devices. On Tuesday the House will take up nine more minor bills under suspension of the rules that relate to the Transportation Security Administration and natural resources issues. The remainder of the week, the House will consider the Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act (H.R. 1105) sponsored by Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Va.) and may also take-up a patent troll bill sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).
The Senate: The Senate is in recess, returning December 9th.
White House: On Monday, the president will deliver remarks from the White House in observance of World AIDS Day. On Tuesday, Mr. Obama will welcome President Santos of Colombia to the White House. On Wednesday, the president will deliver remarks on the economy at the Center for American Progress. On Thursday, he will host a Hanukkah reception at the White House. The president and the First Family on Friday will attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting also at the White House. Continue reading →