Despite Job Growth, Latinos Are More Scared of Losing Their Jobs Than Other Workers

The good news for Hispanic workers is that over the past two months there's been solid job growth in industries where Hispanics have a significant presence.

But with the good, there's always a bit of the bad.

Latinos are more worried about job security than any other workers.

Using data from the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Council of La Raza recently released a report showing that over the past two months the service sector has provided most of the 192,000 new jobs, including the waste services, nursing and trucking industries.

"Today's employment report shows that Latinos are making important contributions to the industries that are helping drive our economic recovery," Eric Rodriguez, National Council of La Raza Vice President of the Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, has said. "Yet, Latino workers remain in a precarious position when it comes to keeping their jobs and advancing in the labor market."

February was the third consecutive month that Latinos left the work force. According to the National Council of La Raza, 187,000 Latinos dropped out of the ranks of the employed.

The report points to a poll conducted by the Washington Post, Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University that "confirms" that Latinos are more likely to have "given up looking for work because of a lack of good jobs."

The poll also showed that Latinos are more worried than other workers about job security.

When asked about job security, 33 percent of Latinos expressed feelings of anxiety, compared to 22 percent of African-Americans and 20 percent of white workers.

The National Council of La Raza suggests that enforcement of federal labor laws and policies to create jobs in poor communities are ways to "improve the quantity and quality" of jobs for Latinos.


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