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Employers Pay Increasing Attention To Hispanic Workers

April 12, 2001

As the number of Hispanics in the U.S. population rapidly grows, businesses are devoting increasing attention to them as consumers and potential employees, experts report.

  • The number of Hispanics in the U.S. has surged nearly 60 percent since 1990 -- to 35.3 million.
  • That's an increase of about 3 million more than had been projected.
  • Since about one-third of Hispanics in the U.S. are under age 18, they will represent an increasingly crucial part of the workforce.
  • The North American Free Trade Agreement, which has fostered growing economic ties with Mexico, has increased demand for Spanish-speaking workers.

Some companies are sending Hispanic professionals into high schools to talk up careers in their industries. And they are aligning themselves with professional organizations in an effort to move Hispanics into jobs in which they are under-represented.

  • Some 28 percent of Hispanic male workers are employed as machine operators, fabricators and laborers -- compared to 17 percent of non-Hispanic white male workers.
  • But only 11 percent of Hispanic males in the workforce occupy managerial or professional positions -- as opposed to 32 percent of non-Hispanic white males.
  • Among women, 38 percent of Hispanic workers are employed in technical, sales and administrative support positions -- compared to 41 percent of non-Hispanic white women in the workforce.
  • Some 18 percent of Hispanic female workers are employed in managerial or professional capacities -- as opposed to 35 percent of non-Hispanic white female workers.

Source: Stephanie Armour, "Welcome Mat Rolls Out for Hispanic Workers," USA Today, April 12, 2001.

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