New Data Released Today on Latinos in the Workforce

March 31st, 2011 · 3 Comments

Earlier today, I was on a press call with Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, and she and her chief economist discussed some new statistics on Latinos in the workforce. She was also joined by Cecilia Muñoz, the director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House. Here are some key stats that were shared:

  • In 2010, Latinos represented 15% of the workforce.
  • Latinos who are working are less likely to have a college degree than their white and African-American counterparts.
  • 8/10 Hispanics work in the private sector.
  • The average weekly wage for Hispanic men is $560 and for Hispanic women is $508.
  • 6.3% of Hispanics are self-employed, and Hispanic owned businesses are among the fastest growing.
  • The average unemployment for Hispanics was 12.5% in 2010 — it declined slightly in February to 11.6%.

Secretary Solis also said that the Department of Labor (DOL) is working to coordinate with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enforce work and labor rules. She also stressed that more definitely needs to be done to get Latinos back to work and to educate our young people in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math), as jobs in these sectors are higher paying.

Secretary Solis also announced an MOU (memorandum of understanding) with DHS that would stop ICE from investigating work sites where DOL already has an open investigation. This will allow DOL to inform ICE about the information that it has and will ensure that ICE doesn’t misrepresent itself and say that it is acting in a “labor” capacity. The goal of this MOU is to be more efficient and to cut down on duplication efforts between both agencies.

Because the MOU involved DHS, some questions about immigration reform were brought up on the call, and Cecilia Muñoz reiterated that President Obama will enforce current immigration laws and just because the immigration system is broken that he will not choose to selectively enforce immigration laws. Muñoz did acknowledge that with a population of 10-11 million undocumented people that there will be some unfortunate situations where families do get separated, but this is the reason why the administration is pushing for a legislative solution to the problem.

Overall, this call was informative and refreshing because Secretary Solis talked about what she was scheduled or expected to speak about, unlike my other interaction with a certain Latino elected official earlier this week. It is unfortunate that the White House is seemingly putting the immigration reform charge back in the Congress, which is especially challenging in this climate, but this has been the pattern with the Obama White House — letting Congress take the initial stab at any huge policy change. If you think back to the Bush days, President Bush did a lot by running around the Congress and avoiding oversight.

Tags: Economics · Education · Immigration · Labor Relations · Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chicano future tense // Apr 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I mean OK we’re all thrilled about seeing some brown faces in public offices.Now,can we please get beyond kindergarten here..?

    It’s too bad these Obama Cabinet minions have no real power to change things,after all they are just minor bit players-bureaucrats /Latino tokens in the Obama administration.

    Their job is to support their bosses-obey,carry out orders, co-opt and manipulate,build support with Latinos for the Democratic,DNC ruling establishment.
    Also,they are expected if needed to obfuscate,confuse,lie and cover-up for their bosses. When Obama orders these nice Mexican women bureaucrats with cute smiles to jump they ask “how high boss?”.

    I will say it..Hilda Soliz is a damn liar and a IMHO,a vendida.Her Fake unemployment statistics delivered are just cleverly manipulated data meant to deceive and fool Latinos into accepting a Fake reality-to deflect responsibility and blame away from their controllers.No Latino in their right mind believes that BS that Latino unemployment is 11.6%.
    These cabinet members are typical toady boot licking bureaucrats “Yes Women” who more than likely have kissed “Emperor” Obama’s ring too many times..(and kissed something else as well).
    Careerists,opportunists-bureaucrats..the “paid help” of the ruling class-
    Don’t doubt it for a second they will lie right to your face and smile while they are doing it.

    The average unemployment for Hispanics was 12.5% in 2010 — it declined slightly in February to 11.6%.

    That’s a damn lie!

    The real unemployment statistics in reality is around 22% overall and extrapolating from that national figure we can safely assume it is even higher for Latinos.

    The seasonally-adjusted SGS Alternate Unemployment Rate reflects current unemployment reporting methodology adjusted for SGS-estimated long-term discouraged workers, who were defined out of official existence in 1994. That estimate is added to the BLS estimate of U-6 unemployment, which includes short-term discouraged workers.
    The U-3 unemployment rate is the monthly headline number. The U-6 unemployment rate is the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) broadest unemployment measure, including short-term discouraged and other marginally-attached workers as well as those forced to work part-time because they cannot find full-time employment.

    SGS Alternate Unemployment Charts

    Obama said it best..”just words,just speeches” which I will add “just lies,just fake

  • 2 Anna // Apr 1, 2011 at 2:29 pm


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