Friday, May 29th, 2015

Big Gap In Latino Home Ownership: New Study

*The salient statistic in this report is that 4 million Latinos say they want to own a home, but only 1.4 millon can afford one. VL By Maria Eugenia Alcón, NBC News Bienvenido a mi casa – welcome to my home. Those are cherished words for the many Latinos who hope that their American Dream

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Study: Each new immigrant creates 1.2 new jobs

*Becasue the U.S. is primarily a service economy, and becasue in such an economy people create jobs, and given that immigrants are people (cosnsumers and providers of services), it makes sense that immigration creates jobs. Here’s a...

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

What Latino voters care about more than immigration

*Latinos lost more wealth and jobs during the meltdown of 2008 and the Great Recession than any other group. Latinos want an opportunity to regain what they lost. VL By Patrick Gillespie, CNN Money Over 11 million...

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

How Do College-Educated Latinos Fare On Personal Finance? New Report

*What is the story?: A TIAA-CREF Institute study found that six-in-ten college educated Latinos have difficulties covering their expenses or saving for the future. Why is it important?: Latinos continue to be affected by the financial meltdown...

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Unemployment Rate 2015: Latino Jobless Rate Slightly Increased in April

*While the employment rate, in general, continues to bring good news, that’s not the case for Latino employment. It’s a small increase, from 6.8 percent to 6.9 percent, but it continues a disturbing trend. Since December of...

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Fast-food workers just won a huge and unexpected victory in New York

*According to Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), 58 percent of Latino workers across the country earn less than $15 an hour. This is an important context for NY Gov. Andrew Como’s decision to raise the minimum wage for fast-food...

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Los Angeles Latinas Fast to Raise Minimum Wage

*I like these stories about Latinas, that you’d only notice if you were to drive past the Los Angeles city hall. And even then, you’d only see a big white tent and not what’s going on inside,...

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Target takes aim at new ‘core’ customer: young Latinos

*Here’s a new concept that national marketers are focusing on: Latino millennials are “in the sweet spot.” That means that young Latinos are the emerging growth market, forming new families, buying new cars. Roberto Siewczynski, who’s quoted in...

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Undocumented Immigrants Contribute $11.84 Billion to Economy

*From the report: ” … allowing (the undocumented) to work in the United States legally would increase their state and local tax contributions by an estimated $2.2 billion a year.” Check out the story to see the contributions in...

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Economic Analysts Predict Latinos Will Account for 40 Percent of US Employment Increase Over Next 5 Years

*How do you know when the story of the transformational energy of the Latino community is gaining traction? When international investment strategists begin talking about it. VL By Nicole Akoukou Thompson, Latino Post Economic analysts are preparing...

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

US Latino Unemployment Rate Rises in March, More Latinas Unemployed Than Latino Males

*Latino unemployment rose to 6.8 percent from February to March. Overall, not good news. But if you’re looking for a silver lining, a year ago the Latino unemployment rate was 7.9 percent. VL By Michael Oleaga, Latin...

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Are Hispanics The Last Line Of Defense For Struggling Brands?

*Apparently, when companies are doing OK, there’s no need to bother with the Latino consumer. But when they’re faltering they run to Latinos and their pocketbooks. There’s something very wrong with that undercurrent. It repeats in politics,...

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Viva Gentrification!

*This has been a recurring theme recently. It came to a head a few weeks ago with the East Austin piñata store story. The owners and their business were allegedly evicted from their building to make room...

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Latino Workers Being Hired at Much Higher Rate Than Any Other Group

*There’s valuable information here. Put it in your back pocket for discussion, email your politicians about it, use it to make decisions: “As non-Hispanic Baby Boomers are retiring, young, U.S. born Latinos are better poised to penetrate the...

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