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Explaining the growth of the Latino labor force

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: 

As the population and the labor force age, they are also becoming more racially and ethnically diverse, and Hispanics play a more important role. The share of the labor force that is Hispanic is projected to increase from 14.8% in 2010 to 18.6% in 2020. That is partly due to the relative youth and higher growth rate of the Hispanic population and partly due to the aging of the non-Hispanic white population and projected decline in its labor force.

From 2010 to 2020, Hispanics are expected to add 7.7 million workers to the labor force while the number of non-Hispanic whites in the labor force is projected to decrease by 1.6 million.

Consequently, Hispanics will account for the vast majority"74%"of the 10.5 million workers added to the labor force from 2010 to 2020.

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