U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Details Tulsa Hispanic Workforce

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The number of Hispanics working in retail and wholesale trades in the Tulsa metropolitan area grew 13.1 percent from 2010 to 2011, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The wholesale and retail occupation was the largest Hispanic or Latino segment, according to the newly released data.

Meanwhile, the number of Hispanics working in the service industries in the Tulsa metro area - which includes Tulsa, Creek, Pawnee, Osage, Rogers, Wagoner and Okmulgee counties - dropped 25 percent from 2010 to 2011, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In construction, the number of Hispanics dropped 0.8 percent in 2011.

The demographic data for the Oklahoma workforce revealed that the 2011 annual average employment level for Hispanic or Latino ethnicity was 88,000, said James Howard Jr., of the Dallas Regional Office of the BLS.

"Or, stated another way, 59.6 percent of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity civilian non-institutional population were employed during 2011," Howard said.

Across the state, the total Hispanic labor force was 102,000. No data was available for Tulsa.

The number of Hispanics in Tulsa is too small to get a reliable sampling, said Tom Krolik, an economist with the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, D.C.

"It is such a small segment of the overall population," Krolik said.

With the small sample, percentages vary widely from year to year, Krolik said. …