Sunday, May 19, 2024

Latino Youths Outpace Their Peers In Employment Gains Following Recession

 Latino Youth

The Latino youth in America has made a significantly better comeback following the economic downturn and the Great Recession, making the biggest gains in unemployment than their peers in other demographic groups. That is according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.

Jens Manuel Krogstad, one of the authors of the Pew analysis noted that “Hispanics were disproportionately impacted by the recession so as the economy recovered, Hispanics stood more to gain.”

The new study found that among 18 and 19 year old Latinos, the number of ‘not working’ and ‘not in school’ dropped to a historic low of 16% in 2014. Comparatively, the number of African-American youth in the same category has remained relatively unchanged over the last decade and the number of white youth that grouping declined but by less dramatic margins. The downward trend for Latino youth unemployment builds upon figures from 2010-2014 which saw another more sizable drop in unemployment from 32% to 19% in those four years.

Other factors that may be contributing to the positive news, in addition to more young Latinos entering public colleges and universities, according to Krogstad, is the fact that “we’re seeing a rise in U.S.-born Hispanics and we’re seeing a slowdown in immigration, so it makes sense that that could have an impact.”


National Journal