Latino Unemployment Rate Holds at 5.9%

Employers in the United States added 227,000 jobs last month. These figures are the latest numbers the Depart of Labor issued in their monthly employment report. The unemployment rate ticked up slightly from 4.7% in December to 4.8% in January. Latino unemployment kept steady at 5.9%.

Our latest Latino Jobs Report, shows that participation in the labor force, however, did increase for all workers. Translation: people who were previously not in the labor force are now returning to it. The rate of Latino worker labor force participation stands at 66.1%, the highest of all other racial and ethnic groups

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Unemployment Dips to Lowest Rate Since 2007

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The national unemployment rate fell from 4.9% in October to 4.6% in November, the lowest it has been since 2007. says the Department of Labor in it’s monthly jobs report. Last month, 178,000 jobs were added, which is likely due to modest job growth and more than 400,000 people leaving the work force.

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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.

Latino Jobs Report: Construction Jobs on the Rise

It’s the first Friday of the month, which means the federal government has released unemployment figures for the past month. It also means it’s time for the Latino Jobs Report.

The unemployment rate, at 5.4 percent, didn’t change very much, but 223,000 jobs were filled in April. Forty five thousand of those were construction jobs that Latinos took. See the whole report below for a complete picture of Latino employment in the United States.

Construction Fatality Rates On the Rise for Latinos

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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.