Hispanics in the Labor Force: Issues and Policies by Edwin Melendez, Clara Rodriguez, Janis B. Figueroa

By Edwin Melendez, Clara Rodriguez, Janis B. Figueroa

The vibrant aspect of the Nineteen Eighties, or the "Hispanic decade," because it used to be dubbed early on, might satirically develop into the aspect and class with which the industrial and social reversals affecting so much Latinos during this interval were tracked, with a clean cohort of Latino students enjoying an more and more fashionable function during this activity. As this quantity conveys, those analyses are progressively probing extra deeply into the high quality grain of the strategies concerning the social stipulations of U. S. Latinos and especially into the range of the studies of different Latino-origin nationalities until eventually lately mostly taken care of within the aggre­ gate as "Hispanics. " notwithstanding nonetheless fragmented and tentative in point of view, as are the disciplines on which they draw and the examine gear on which they relaxation, the search between those new voices for a unifying point of view additionally comes throughout during this choice of essays. there's glaringly extra lower than approach the following than an easy call for for inclusion of overlooked situations at the margin of supposedly good understood better or "mainstream" dynamics. The Nineties open with a extra convinced statement of the centrality of the Latino presence and Latino actors within the overarching changes reshaping U. S. society, and particularly within the enjoying out of those restructurings within the areas and towns of Latino concentra­ tion.

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Department of Commerce, 1983 and 1988. 0 percentage points. 6%) continue to be disproportionately underrepresented among the college graduate group. Overall, because a large proportion of Hispanics drop out of high school and the difficulties in being able to afford a college education have become more acute for many Hispanic families, the future economic significance of these educational gains for the aggregate population remains unclear. Employment and Unemployment In 1988, the employment situation for Hispanics remained very similar to that in 1980.

2 SOURCES: 111000PublicUseCensusSample,1960,1970,1980;CurrentPopulationSurvey,1976, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1988. In CPS years, those workers who are not white, Latino, or black are excluded from the sample; therefore, the percentage shown represent the percentage of the sample including only those three groups. If the 2-3% of "other'' workers were included, the percentage of whites, Latinos, and blacks would be slightly lower. 3% in the 1980s. 5% in the 1980s. 2% in the 1980s. By contrast, female real income has improved steadily over the last 30 years, despite intermittent setbacks.

With the use of regression and simulation methodologies, we have sought to examine the relative explanatory power of the four major factors traditionally put forward in the literature for explaining inequality: (1) differences in human capital endowments (including education, age, and immigrant status); (2) the persistence of wage discrimination against different ethno-racial groups; (3) the pattern of industrial-occupation structural change; and (4) continued immigration. Our research findings show that from the 1940s through the 1960s, declining inequality was due primarily to 1.

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