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Friday, February 5th, 2016

Latino eumeploy,ent dips to 5.9%

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Paul Ryan Hosts Budget Meeting With House Freedom Caucus. It Didn’t Go Well.

*Fifty-four million Latinos in the U.S. have a stake in the outcome of this meeting. Twenty-five members of the House Freedom Caucus – the same caucus that pressed for sequestration – say they want deeper cuts to...

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Latinos are driving U.S. growth

*I like Trujillo’s point of view: that while Latinos are driving the U.S. economy, some presidential candidates’ cliché’s reduce the U.S. Latino community to a foreign threat that needs to be contained by walls and laws. The...

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Latino unemployment rate drops to 6.3 percent

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its December employment numbers this morning, and economists are calling the report stellar. It was enough of a change to drop the month-to-month Latino unemployment rate from 6.4...

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Unclear whether Fed’s rate hike will help Latinos continue climbing economic ladder

*After seven years of a net-zero rate the Fed yesterday raised the prime.  The U.S. unemployment rate is 5 percent, but for Latinos its 6.4 percent. Increases in the prime rate, according to some economists, slow hiring,...

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Is Pemex Coming to America?

*Apparently, yes. There’s a picture of a Pemex station under construction in Houston. The best part? Check out the photo, there’s a Taco Shack sign  at the bottom of the marquee. The bad part? That the CPS...

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Latino immigrants changing the face of rural populations

*I remember helping to organize voter registration drives in Aspen and Telluride. Even back in 2004 Latinos there were service workers, invisible to the “mainstream” community. VL By PennState News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Over the last...

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Attention Presidential candidates: Hispanic voters want homeownership!

*Yeah, it’s not all about immigration (although attitudes about immigration reflect how politicos value Latinos). Latinos have many concerns and housing is but one. What do you consider the top Latino issues going into 2016? VL By...

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Almost a third of U.S. poor are Hispanics

*These are the most recent numbers, complied by the U.S. Census Bureau. Not good news, but the timing of the report is good, given the schedule of the presidential debates. It would be good to hear the...

Friday, September 4th, 2015

August unemployment report shows small change for Latinos

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco The Bureau of Labor Statistics this morning released its employment report for the month August. The total nonfarm payroll employment for the nation increased by 173,000 jobs, which was less than expected by...

Friday, September 4th, 2015

The missing paycheck: Research reveals new evidence on the racial wage gap

*Apropos of the Pope’s visit. If you’re Catholic, how does this pan out in your parish? VL By Nicole Sotelo, National Catholic Reporter You may not think about the paychecks of people who work at your parish,...

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Katrina New Orleans

*Sam describes a “wild-west” of labor law in the immediate aftermath of hurricane Katrina, where Latino contractors were “stiffing” Latino immigrant workers. As always with Sam Quiñones, this is a very good read. VL By Sam Quiñones,...

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Young Latinos Have Quickest Rebound After Recession

*Certainly good news, but,wow, 16 percent of 18 and 19 year-old Latinos were neither in school nor working in 2014. Unemployment for young Latinos is 19 percent; it was 32 percent from 2010 to 2014. As the...

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Latinos are a large part of Dallas’ growing poverty problem

*In Dallas, Texas, Latinos are 40 percent of the population, and 52 percent of the city’s poor.  The city’s Mayor has formed a task force that, as Mercedes Olivera tells us, is trying to tackle this problem by suggesting...

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