Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Pew Hispanic Center: Hispanics to Account for Greater Share of Growth in the Labor Force

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Pew Hispanic Center: Hispanics to Account for Greater Share of Growth in the Labor Force

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WASHINGTON, D.C.

Hispanics are expected to account for 74 percent of the growth in the nation's labor force from 2010 to 2020, according to new projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). A Pew Research Center commentary notes that this is much higher than in the previous two decades. Hispanics accounted for 36 percent of the total increase in the labor force from 1990 to 2000 and 54 percent from 2000 to 2010. A major reason is that the Hispanic population is growing rapidly due to births and immigration. At the same time, the aging of the non-Hispanic White population is expected to reduce its numbers in the labor force.

Another important factor is that Hispanics have a higher labor force participation rate - i.e., the share of the population 16 years and older that is either employed or looking for work - than other groups. The nation's rate overall was 64. …

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