According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the unemployment rate for Hispanics is 12%. There are more statistics about the employment status of Hispanic or Latino men and women on this graph from Bureau of Labor Statistics. The graph compares statistics from last month and a year ago. An interesting figure from this graph is that the unemployment rate has actually decreased from last year for Hispanic Americans.
Many people believe that out of difficult times, the strong will survive and arise to lead. Does this mean that Hispanic Americans are stronger than others? I’m not sure, but it sure looks like they’re willing to work hard and the numbers prove that claim!
Discrimination can happen to everyone, but minority populations can attest that it is more likely to occur “in their own back yard.” Discrimination stems from stereotyping, which was unfortunately propagated by where the majority of Hispanic Americans worked in years past. Since then Hispanic Americans have proven themselves as a diverse workforce and have continued to grow. The rapid population growth of Hispanic Americans finally resulted in them eclipsing African Americans as the nation’s largest minority in 2003.
This doesn’t mean that discrimination has ceased. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the largest percentage of Hispanic Americans work within service occupations, while one of the smallest percentages is within management. Until we can evenly populate all work industries with an equal amount of professionals from each diverse population, then discrimination is likely to continue.
Here are some resources to aid Hispanic Americans with job searching, developing professionally, and other career related websites.
Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) Founded in 1982, HACE is a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to building Latino careers through leadership and career development of Latino students and experienced professionals and recruitment programs for the acquisition of this talent by leading corporations, the government and other institutional employers.
Saludos.com Specializes in joining the Hispanic bilingual professional with companies looking for DIVERSITY in the workplace.
iHispano.com A professional networking site and job board for Latinos in the United States. They serve as a resource for connecting aspiring and accomplished Latino professionals in a community experience that will assist them in realizing their professional and personal goals.
Hispanic Today Provides a Hispanic job search, employment and career path advice and business success stories about Hispanics throughout the corporate world. They help connect Minority jobseekers with employers that pursue workforce diversity and equal employment opportunity (Title 41) programs.
LatPro Since 1997, LatPro has grown from a start-up business in the corner of an apartment to an industry-leading company with 25 employees from 10 different countries. In 2006 they launched job fairs and DiversityJobs.com, a new Web site to complement LatPro and embrace the larger diversity community. Then in 2009 they launched JustJobs.com, a family of job search engines which includes diversity sites for Asian Americans, Hispanics, veterans, the disabled and members of the LGBT community.
Latinos For Hire Each year Latinos For Hire identifies and “Lists” stable and secure organizations who are currently hiring and have a commitment to diversity & The Latino / Hispanic Community. These EVENTS & LISTS represent thriving organizations with solid ethics and a commitment to their employees.
National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSH MBA) Created in 1988 as a non-profit organization. Widely known as the “Premier Hispanic Organization,” NSHMBA serves 32 chapters and 8,000 members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. It exists to foster Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development. NSHMBA works to prepare Hispanics for leadership positions throughout the U.S., so that they can provide the cultural awareness and sensitivity vital in the management of the nation’s diverse workforce.
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Karen is a Career Counselor and Internship Coordinator at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). At IPFW she assists students in finding internships, coordinates and assists with campus-wide events, teaches a Career Planning course, and meets with students to assist them with all aspects of career development. Connect with Karen via LinkedIn or Twitter.