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Employment up or down for Latinos? Maybe both, says NCLR

The National Council of La Raza, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving prospects for Hispanics, has released their year-end report on employment of Latinos. While the unemployment rate for Latinos has dropped from 9.6% to 8.5%, the growth in the number of Hispanics not in the labor force was nearly equal to the increase in Hispanics in the labor force. In the report, the NCLR cautions against reading too much into the statistics provided. However, the organization also states that it is still important to consider the data when building a sense of Latino employment.

Among the statistics the NCLR reports are the industries that could grow during the next year, based on their growth in 2012. These include professional and business services, which grew 3% in 2012, leisure and hospitality, increasing 2.3% in the last year, transportation and warehousing (2.1%), education and health services (2%), and retail trade (1.2%) among others.

While the growth of these industries is promising, the NCLR states that good jobs are still scarce. Among the industries which grew in Latino employment in 2012, many of them are low-wage occupations. Additionally, Hispanic workers have the highest rate of on-the-job fatalities. In the hotel industry, Latino women have the highest on-the-job injury rate in the United States, being 10.6 per 100 workers, a number nearly twice that of White housekeepers.


National Council of La Raza, (2012). Monthly Latino Employment Report.


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