12/16/2008 - The percentage of Hispanic immigrants who are working or looking for a job in the United States has declined for the first time since 2003, according to a study released yesterday.
The Pew Hispanic Center, which published the report, said the findings are a testament to the nature and depth of the recession, which is rooted in slumping housing values, as many Hispanic immigrants found work in construction in the boom years.
"The recession has widened and deepened, and, driven by construction, it has certainly seemed to put Latino immigrants in a state of transition," said Rakesh Kochhar, an economist with Pew and author of the study. "The question is: What is the next thing to emerge? Are we now going to see a return back home?"
Read the full article Hispanic Immigrants Drop in U.S. Labor Force on the Washington Post 's Web site.