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Hispanic Unemployment Rate on the Decline - 3/17/16

With the U.S. labor market continuing to improve, more people are participating in the nation’s economic recovery.  For instance, the unemployment rate among Hispanics has declined by nearly a full percentage point so far in twenty sixteen, to five point four percent.  This represents the lowest level of Hispanic unemployment since March two thousand and seven. 

February’s Hispanic unemployment rate decline of zero point five percentage points represented the most rapid one month improvement since April twenty fourteen.  As indicated by Bloomberg, the ratio of Hispanic unemployment to white unemployment has reached its lowest level in nine years.  The recent pickup in Hispanic employment has been nothing short of dramatic. 

According to the U.S. Labor Department’s household survey, which is distinct from the establishment survey, the nation produced five hundred and thirteen thousand net job additions in February.  Of those, fully fifty seven percent, or about three hundred thousand, were attributable to gains among Hispanic communities.  

In part, this is because many of the industries adding significant numbers of jobs, including retail, hospitality, and construction, tend to be associated with large numbers of Hispanic or Latino workers.

Anirban Basu, Chariman Chief Executive Officer of Sage Policy Group (SPG), is one of the Mid-Atlantic region's leading economic consultants. Prior to founding SPG he was Chairman and CEO of Optimal Solutions Group, a company he co-founded and which continues to operate. Anirban has also served as Director of Applied Economics and Senior Economist for RESI, where he used his extensive knowledge of the Mid-Atlantic region to support numerous clients in their strategic decision-making processes. Clients have included the Maryland Department of Transportation, St. Paul Companies, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Players Committee and the Martin O'Malley mayoral campaign.