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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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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Latino Unemployment Rate Inches Upward

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It’s the first Friday of the month, which means the latest job figures have been released.

In July, the U.S. economy added 215,000 jobs while the national unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.3 percent. The unemployment rate for Latinos increased to 6.8 percent in July from 6.6 percent in June as more Latinos searched for work but fewer found jobs.

The Latino unemployment rate remains stubbornly higher than the national unemployment rate. However, while monthly variations show one aspect of Latino job growth, long-term employment trends paint a clearer picture, showing that Latinos are gaining ground in key sectors.

Fid out more in our latest Latino Jobs Report.

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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Monthly Latino Employment Report: Elections Expose Anxiety About Wages

U.S. employers added 214,000 jobs in October, dropping by a tenth of a point to 5.8 percent. The Latino unemployment rate also fell to 6.8 percent.

In this month’s Monthly Latino Employment Report, we look at Tuesday’s elections and what message voters sent to Washington about the economy. An election eve poll by Latino Decisions showed that the economy was the biggest concern for Latinos only after immigration. The votes in four states to raise the minimum wage certainly underscored that feeling as well as the anxiety voters have toward the low-wage recovery. Read the full report below.

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