Hispanic Employment Rises and Falls with Construction, Study Finds

Publication: Houston Chronicle

Author: Jenalia Moreno

06/04/2008 - The unemployment rate for Hispanics is nearly two percentage points higher than for non-Latinos, the Pew Hispanic Center said in a study released today, in what its researchers called a "dramatic reversal.

"To put it bluntly, Hispanics had a rough time in the labor market in 2007," said Rakesh Kochhar, Pew Hispanic Center associate director and author of "Latino Labor Report, 2008: Construction Reverses Job Growth for Latinos."

Hispanics benefited during the building boom earlier this decade, but now the credit crunch and dip in home building are hurting them more than non-Hispanics, Pew researchers found.

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