Professional Services Led Job Growth in September

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The U.S. Department of Labor reported today that U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in September 2016, down from 167,000 in the prior month. The national unemployment rate remained essentially unchanged at 5 percent. The Latino unemployment rate increased from 5.6 percent in August to 6.4 percent in September.

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Latino Unemployment on the Rise

Today’s jobs report from the Department of Labor confirmed anxiety over the state of Latino employment in the United States. Following a trend of declining job gains that began near the end of 2015, April added 160,000 jobs, following the addition of 245,000 and 215,000 jobs in February and March, respectively.

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March adds 215,000 jobs; unemployment jumps slightly.

According to the United States Department of Labor, the American economy added 215,000 jobs in March. February saw the addition of 245,000 jobs, which led to some discouragement. The national unemployment rate rose slightly to 5 percent, following a four-month decline, while Latino unemployment rose to 5.6 percent.

March Jobs Report

Among all sectors of the economy, the retail sector saw the greatest growth in March, adding 48,000 jobs. Latinos make up a greater share of retail employees compared to their representation in the total workforce.

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Latino unemployment continues to decline, health care jobs lead growth

According to the latest employment report from the Department of Labor, February saw steady improvement in the job market. The overall unemployment rate remained at January’s low of 4.9 percent, adding 242,000 jobs, almost doubling January’s addition of 151,000.

The unemployment rate for Latinos fell to 5.4 percent, continuing a consistent four-month decline in Latino unemployment. As of February, 25.2 million Latinos over the age of 16 are employed, while 1.4 million are unemployed. These numbers are encouraging, as they illustrate marked, quantifiable improvement in the employment landscape for Latinos. As the American economy continues its climb through recovery, it is reassuring to see these gains in the Latino community, despite the underrepresentation of Latinos in the workforce.

Of all economic sectors, the health care industry led in job growth for February, adding 57,000 new jobs. This gain is significant as health care has been projected to provide the most sustained job growth between 2014 and 2024.

Read the whole report below: (click report to download)

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It’s Time to Update Overtime Pay

For the good of American workers, President Obama and the Department of Labor must update the Overtime Salary Threshold

While the cost of living has increased substantially over the last few decades, many government policies have not kept up with it. The overtime salary threshold establishes the maximum salary a worker can make while qualifying for overtime pay. The current threshold, $23,660 per year, is decades-old and lower than the poverty line for a family of four, which is set at $24,008.

The Department of Labor is now considering an update to the overtime rule that would raise that threshold from $23,660 to $50,440, helping 13.5 million workers, which includes 2.1 million Latinos, to receive overtime pay. The economic freedom and stability that comes from earning a fair wage cannot be overstated.

Unfortunately, some members of Congress are attempting to stall consideration of updating the overtime rule, potentially costing millions of Americans the right to earn the pay they deserve. 34.4 percent of all salaried Latino workers would be affected by a reversal of this important policy.

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NCLR has joined with 19 other organizations calling on President Obama and the Department of Labor to implement the proposed update to the overtime salary threshold so millions of Americans, and their families, can lead stable, productive lives. To allow the rule to stay as it has, or even be reversed, would be detrimental to our nation’s economy and workers.

Add your name to our petition telling the President, members of Congress, and the Department of Labor to make this crucial update official. After signing, you will be sent a confirmation email. If you do not confirm your signature through the email, it will not count towards the total number.

Note: This petition is integrated with WhiteHouse.gov’s “We The People” petition platform. If the petition receives 100,000 signatures, the White House will be required to issue an official response.