A small but significant decline has occurred during the current recession in the share of Latino immigrants active in the U.S. labor force.
The Center tracks employment trends for Latinos on a regular basis, examining differences by nativity, generation, country of origin, gender, occupation and industry. The reports also offer comparisons with other racial and ethnic groups.
Also see our statistical portraits, state and county databases, demographic profiles and Census 2010 tables for data on the characteristics of the Latino and foreign-born populations in the United States.
The current economic slowdown has taken a far greater toll on non-citizen immigrants than it has on the United States population as a whole.
Due mainly to a slump in the construction industry, the unemployment rate for Hispanics in the U.S. rose to 6.5% in the first quarter of 2008, well above the 4.7% rate for all non-Hispanics.
This statistical profile of the Latino population is based on Pew Hispanic Center tabulations of the Census Bureau’s 2006 American Community Survey.
This statistical profile of the foreign-born population is based on Pew Hispanic Center tabulations of the Census Bureau’s 2006 American Community Survey.