In Some Industries, Latinos Comprise 30% or More

highway guardrailThe Labor Department released its jobs numbers today, though they were delayed more than two weeks because of the recent government shutdown.

The report shows the national unemployment rate fell, insignificantly, to 7.2 percent. The Latino unemployment rate also fell, from 9.3 percent in August to 9 percent in September. Also, for the second month in a row, the Latino labor force participation rate took a dip shrinking to 116,00.

In this edition of our Monthly Latino Employment Report, we take a closer look at the current employment situation for Latinos and the segments of the economy where we already make significant contributions. Bakeries, carpet mills, car washes, and landscaping, these are industries where more than one in three workers is Latino. They offer a glimpse of the economy in the year 2050, when Latinos will account for 30 percent of the American workforce, nearly double their share today.

Download the full report now.

NOTE TO CONGRESS: Immigration Reform Is Waiting for You

ImmigrationRally_7_10_2013Budget negotiations may be far from over and there is still plenty at stake for the Latino community as Congress considers whether to implement the next round of sequestration cuts.  But, at the very least, the government is finally open again and Congress can get back to work.

At the top of the agenda sits immigration reform.  It has been nearly four months since the Senate passed a bipartisan bill to overhaul and modernize the country’s outdated immigration system.  Yet, the House of Representatives has not acted.   Democrats have introduced a bipartisan proposal—it is due time for Republicans to either get to work on that bill, or put their own solution forward.  Continue reading

This Week in Immigration Reform – Week Ending October 18

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Week Ending October 18

This week in immigration reform: with the shutdown finally resolved and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle eager to pick up where they left off, the time to get immigration reform through the House has come; NCLR finds that more than 100 editorial boards across the country have urged Congress to pass immigration reform legislation this year; and NCLR hosts a business roundtable on immigration reform in Colorado.  NCLR staff kept the community informed as always this week, with staff quoted in stories in Univision, Washington Hispanic, and Latinos PostContinue reading

NCLR Affiliates Feeling Pain of Government Shutdown

MarysCenter_LogoFor those who doubt the human toll of sequestration and now, the government shutdown, yesterday the Washington Post spelled it out in unmistakable terms.  An article about the impact of the shutdown yesterday featured two outstanding NCLR Affiliates, Mary’s Center and the Latin American Youth Center, whose ability to serve children and families in the nation’s capital is in jeopardy until Congress breaks its stalemate over the federal budget.

From The Washington Post:

The Latin American Youth Center announced this week that it has furloughed more than half of its staff and reduced its programming to essential services. The furloughed staff, which includes senior leaders, will continue to work as volunteers until the shutdown ends and funding resumes.

“I’m so depressed. It’s so sad,” said Lori Kaplan, president of the youth center. “The center means so much to so many people, and this is hard on a lot of people.”

The Columbia Heights nonprofit group, which offers youth development services to 5,000 children each year, will stop some programs that promote job training and education. The group is also in the process of piloting a program that offers mentors available round-the-clock for troubled youth. Kaplan said the mentors will now work part time. Services to homeless and foster-care youth will remain in operation.

Mary’s Center, a federally funded health facility, is struggling to make its October payroll and to continue serving more than 30,000 patients, according to a statement.

The D.C.-based charity was scheduled to receive nearly $600,000 from the District Health Department on Oct. 1. Those funds are on hold until the shutdown ends.

On Wednesday, Maria Gomez, chief executive of Mary’s Center, spoke at a news conference held by Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) at the Capitol to highlight the local effects of the federal shutdown. The Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington and a host of charities are lobbying on Capitol Hill this week, urging Congress to come to a budget solution.

Join our Action Network and stay updated on what you can do to fight for a more fair and equitable federal budget! Visit www.nclr.org/federalbudget.

Shutdown or Not, Our Passion for Immigration Reform Lives On!

The government may be shut down and Congress mired in gridlock, but one thing has not stalled: our struggle for immigration reform.   This week, thousands rallied on the National Mall in Washington and nearly 200 people – including 8 members of Congress – were arrested in an act of civil disobedience in front of the Capitol, in protest of the House’s inaction on immigration reform.  Our families, our workers, and our communities still desperately need reform, and we won’t stop fighting until we get real immigration reform legislation through the House of Representatives and to the president’s desk!

The rally on the Mall was a bookend to another set of events that happened last weekend. Last Saturday and Sunday, thousands of advocates took to the streets in more than 160 cities to call for immigration reform in a nationwide “March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect.”   Many of our NCLR’s Affiliates were involved in the weekend’s events, too.

In Idaho, NCLR Affiliate Community Council of Idaho marched for reform on October 6.Oct8Rally_pic1 Continue reading