Latinas see job gains during recovery
Latina women’s unemployment has fallen from 11.5 percent in June of 2009 to 10.3 percent in December of 2011, in stark difference to an increase in unemployment numbers among all American women.
“Hispanic women’s employment situation has improved slightly during the recovery, in contrast to women overall,” says Katherine Robbins, Senior Policy Analyst for the National Women’s Law Center.
“I can tell you I have not seen a decline in unemployment for Latina women,” says Adela González, President of Future Force, a personnel services company in Miami Lakes, Florida. “We experienced tremendous growth last year,” she adds.
In general, the sectors where women have seen an increase in 2011 are education and health services, professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and retail, among a few others.
Cecilia González, Vice-President of González Labor Systems, an employment and recruitment agency with headquarters in Arlington, Texas, says there is a sector that specifically requests Latina, bilingual women, and that is personnel and manpower companies. “Personnel companies increasingly have Spanish-speaking companies as clients, so we see bilingual Latinas in 80 or 90 percent of your average staffing company,” she explains. González also said there is a demand for bilingual women in the health care industry.
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