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 Jobs Report: Latinos See a Decline in Unemployment

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that U.S. employers added 161,000 jobs in October 2016. While this is lower than the 175,000 new jobs economists had predicted, it is enough to absorb new workers coming into the labor force.

The national unemployment rate fell from 5% in September to 4.9% in October. For Latinos, the unemployment rate decreased to 5.7%.

Read more in our latest Latino Jobs Report.

Professional Services Led Job Growth in September


The U.S. Department of Labor reported today that U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in September 2016, down from 167,000 in the prior month. The national unemployment rate remained essentially unchanged at 5 percent. The Latino unemployment rate increased from 5.6 percent in August to 6.4 percent in September.

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Latino Jobs Report: Second Straight Month of Strong Job Growth

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The U.S. Department of Labor reported today that U.S. employers added 255,000 jobs in July 2016, far exceeding many economists’ estimation of 180,000 jobs created for the month. The national unemployment rate remained the same at 4.9%, and the Latino unemployment rate decreased by 0.4 percent, from 5.8 percent in June to 5.4 percent in July.

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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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March adds 215,000 jobs; unemployment jumps slightly.

According to the United States Department of Labor, the American economy added 215,000 jobs in March. February saw the addition of 245,000 jobs, which led to some discouragement. The national unemployment rate rose slightly to 5 percent, following a four-month decline, while Latino unemployment rose to 5.6 percent.

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Among all sectors of the economy, the retail sector saw the greatest growth in March, adding 48,000 jobs. Latinos make up a greater share of retail employees compared to their representation in the total workforce.

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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.

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Wages Remain Stagnant Despite Low Unemployment

NCLR’s final Latino jobs report for 2015 was released today, highlighting continued job growth across the country. In December, 292,000 jobs were added, a welcome surge to ring in the New Year. Job growth was strongest in construction, where nearly 45,000 jobs were added in December alone, offering Latinos significant economic opportunities. Hispanics currently account for a full third of all construction workers in the United States.

While the addition of nearly 300,000 jobs is a good indicator that the American economy continues to grow, the overall unemployment rate has remained unchanged at 5 percent for the last three consecutive months. Unemployment among Latinos also remained virtually unchanged at 6.3 percent, down from 6.4 percent in November and October. Because Latinos are more likely to hold low- and poverty-wage jobs, they are disproportionately affected by wage stagnation. Despite the Federal Reserve’s estimates of a 3.5 percent growth in wages in 2015, actual wage growth for the year peaked at just 2 percent.

While we are happy to see a strong month of job growth close out 2015, problems such as wage stagnation must be addressed in order for our community to feel the full effects of our nation’s economic recovery.

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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.