Several recent stories have addressed how as the U.S. economy begins a slow rebound, a large share of the job growth is going to Latinos. The picture isn't all rosy, as some of this has to do with many of the jobs being filled being lower-paying ones, which immigrants are more likely to take. But there's more to it, as Pew Social Trends examines today.
The Pew Research Center's Rakesh Kochhar analyzes data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, concluding that Latinos are expected to account for three-fourths of the growth in the U.S. labor force through 2020 as the non-Latino white population ages. Higher or lower rates of immigration could affect the projection, but at present, the labor force participation rate of Latinos is close to three percentage points higher than that of the general population. From the analysis: