Latino Unemployment Dips to 5.9%

AirplaneMaintenanceWomanThe American economy added 151,000 news jobs in January, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While this is net positive growth in the first month of the new year, it’s almost half what was created in December 2015, which saw 292,000 jobs added. As of January 2016, nearly 25 million Latinos were employed.

The unemployment rate also saw a slim decline from 5 percent to 4.9 percent. However, the unemployment rate among Latino workers dipped considerably, falling to 5.9 percent from 6.3 percent. That continued decline continues a trend which sees the Latino community’s unemployment numbers falling closer and closer in line with that of the general population.

The food services industry continued to be a primary source of employment among Latinos, adding 47,000 jobs in January and 380,000 for all of 2015. Although Latinos make up only 16 percent of the population, they account for approximately 25 percent of food service workers. This overrepresentation highlights issues with wage stagnation felt by workers across the country. The industry’s ability to pay less than minimum wage due to tipping also raises concerns for Latinos, as well as other food service workers, who often struggle to maintain stable levels of income.

For these job gains to translate into sustained economic well-being for Latinos across the country, the United States must address its failure to maintain wages that fall in line with cost of living and the rate of inflation. As workers are unable to stretch their pay as far as they were previously, we invite economic instability and a possible return to recession. January’s job gains should not be discounted, but they should also motivate the country to acknowledge the underlying issues in the labor market.

Read the entire jobs report below or download it here.

New Employment Figures Show Retail is a Bright Spot for Latino Workers

New employment numbers from the Department of Labor are out today and they show a slowdown in growth for March.

See the latest figures in our March Latino Jobs Report.

Construction Fatality Rates On the Rise for Latinos


In January, 257,000 jobs were added to the nation’s employment rolls, says the U.S. Department of Labor in its monthly jobs report. That puts the country’s national unemployment rate at 5.7 percent. Latino unemployment was reported at 6.7 percent.

In our February Monthly Latino Employment Report, we also take a look at the high number of construction jobs Latinos are taking and the cause for concern over workplace safety.

Read the full report below.

Latest Job Figures Show Decrease in Latino Unemployment Rate

highway-guardrail_560x292December ended on a strong note for the U.S. labor market. New numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor showed the employers added 252,000 jobs last month. The increase resulted in a slightly lower unemployment rate of 5.6 percent. In the Latino community, the rate also decreased to 6.5 percent, the lowest since February 2008.

In our latest edition of the Monthly Latino Employment Report, we take a closer look at how December shaped up for the Latino job market. Find out more in the full report below.

Exploring the Benefits of Administrative Relief for American Workers


321,000 new jobs were added to U.S. employment rolls last month, according to the latest job figures reported by the U.S. Department of Labor. The overall unemployment rate remained at 5.8 percent, unchanged from the month prior, but the Latino unemployment rate did drop slightly from 6.8 percent to 6.6 percent.

In our latest Monthly Latino Employment Report we look closer at these numbers. We also explore the benefits of the president’s recently announced administrative relief and its positive impact on all American workers.

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