Sunday, June 22, 2014

Most Latino Workers Born in U.S., Study Says -

Most Latino Workers Born in U.S., Study Says - Immigrants no longer make up the majority of Latino workers in the United States, according to a report released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.

Immigrants, which includes Latinos who have come to this country legally or illegally, made up 49.7 percent of Latino workers in 2013, down from 56.1 percent in 2007, the study found. Contributing to the decline, the report said, was a sluggish economic recovery, slowing immigration from countries such as Mexico, and tougher immigration policies including deportations and border control.

Much of the shift, the report said, was because of a decline in the housing industry. A prerecession boom in that sector created 1.6 million jobs for Latino immigrants from 2004 to 2007. Researchers do not expect many of those jobs to return.

“People are generally of the consensus that there is no imminent sign of the economic recovery picking up steam,” said Rakesh Kochhar, an author of the study and the associate director for research of the Hispanic Trends Project for the Pew Research Center.