This brief overview will explore the situation of unemployment among the Latinos in the U.S.
Latino Immigrants occupy the lowest ranks in the labor market that are characterized by precarious employment, low wages and work place rules and regulations violation. Most of the Latino immigrants come to the US with the aim of enhancing their living standards (Ruth, 2011). The living standards can only be improved by securing gainful employment, and most of them do not accomplish this dream. They attempt forming collective efforts to enhance their welfare, but their efforts do not yield any fruits because of the anti-immigrants sentiments of the Americans.
The unemployment rate among the immigrant Latinos has remained high for the last decades, reaching high levels of 7.5% compared to other immigrants and the native-born Americans. The majority of working Latinos are 52.5% immigrants and, their working age is from sixteen years to above (Ruth, 2011). In the recent past, the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that the rate of unemployment among the Hispanic immigrants was high. Further, the participation rate of labor force was extremely high among the illegal male Hispanic immigrants.
In the year 2008, the rate of unemployment among immigrant Hispanics rose to 6.8% due to fall in the building industry. This rate was far above the rate of people who were not Hispanic, which was 4.7%. The gap between the rates of unemployment among Latino immigrants and non-Latino immigrants was extremely small, as it was 0.5% i.e. non-Latinos 4.4% and Latinos 4.9% (Ruth, 2011).
There are times when the pike of unemployment among the Latino immigrants skyrockets, reaching high rates of 7.5% of the unemployment rate. This screaming rates of unemployment resulted to a unique situation, where the rate of unemployment among the native-born Latinos was higher compared to the foreign-born Latinos. Latinos, both natives and immigrants,