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Jun 19, 2014

Immigrants No Longer the Majority of Hispanic Workers

Latino Jobs Growth Driven by U.S. Born

For the first time in nearly two decades, immigrants do not account for the majority of Hispanic workers. In 2013, 49.7% of the more than 22 million employed Hispanics were immigrants, down sharply from the pre-recession peak of 56.1% in 2007. This development is mostly due to the waning inflow of Latino immigrants. Meanwhile, Latinos have more than made up for the jobs they lost during the recession, gaining 2.8 million jobs since 2009. Most of those jobs—2.3 million—went to U.S.-born Hispanics. But the seemingly strong recovery for Hispanics is more about demographics than good economic fortune as jobs growth and population growth are proceeding at similar rates.

Political Attitudes and Values

Reports and public opinion surveys examining the changing electoral participation and views of Latinos.


The Hispanic Trends Project recently published “When Labels Don’t Fit: Hispanics and their Views of Identity,” a report based on a nationwide survey that found most Hispanics don’t embrace the term “Hispanic.” And even fewer prefer the term “Latino.”

We then invited journalists, scholars and civic leaders to share their views about identity.