Pew Hispanic report shows Latinos and immigrants’ job gains are a matter of perspective
News headlines tell us that the economy is recovering slowly but surely. For many in the country, their reality isn’t catching up with these headlines — unless they are Latino, Asian or immigrants.
According to a new Pew Hispanic report, The Demographics of the Jobs Recovery, Latino, Asian and immigrant workers are either at the same level of employment before the “Great Recession of 2007″ hit or have exceeded it.
The growth in jobs experienced by Hispanics and Asians was sufficiently high such that their employment levels are about 4% higher now than at the start of the Great Recession in late 2007…The employment level of immigrants also now matches the level attained before the start of the recession in 2007.
Unfortunately, the report points out that this turn in fortune doesn’t apply to everyone — white and black workers’ employment levels remain about 5% below the levels at the start of the recession and native-born workers, compared to immigrant workers’, employment level is still 4% less than its pre-recession level.
Why is it? Are Latinos, Asians and immigrants doing the jobs whites and blacks won’t do?
In this economy, not likely and the reason has less to do with unwillingness to work than it does with basic reality.
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