Friday, December 20, 2013

Hispanics in Employment: A Growing Force to Contend With

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget currently defines “Hispanic or Latino” as “a person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. See: 

The U.S. Census Bureau released in November 2012 the 2006-2010 American Community Survey Equal Employment Opportunity Tabulation which shows that the Hispanic labor force grew by 53 percent from 2000 to 2010 -- the largest increase of any segment. Compared with the 2000 Equal Employment Opportunity Tabulation, the size of the Hispanic labor force grew by 53 percent (from 14.7 million to 22.5 million), the largest increase for any major race and ethnic group category.
The tabulation — available on American FactFinder (the Census Bureau’s online statistics search tool) — is produced for the federal agencies responsible for monitoring employment practices and enforcing civil rights laws for the workforce.

From the same tabulation above, it is reported that the largest occupation category for Hispanics was construction laborer (409,000), while at the same time, personal care aide was the fastest-growing occupation among non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic blacks, Hispanics and non-Hispanic Asians. The number of personal care aides tripled over the last decade.

At nearly 23 million, people of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity represented 15 percent of the U.S. labor force in 2011. By 2020, Latinos are expected to comprise 19 percent of the U.S. labor force. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor Report)See more Hispanic fast facts from this report

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