News Release

Latest Jobs Numbers Show Higher Unemployment Rate Among Latinos and Concentration in Low-Wage Jobs

UnidosUS Issues Statement and Latino Jobs Report on October Labor Data

November 1, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC—UnidosUS (formerly known as National Council of La Raza)—the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization—today issued the following statement by Jennifer Brown, Associate Director of Economic Policy, and its monthly Latino Jobs Report, which provides a snapshot of the employment numbers for Hispanic workers for October.

“UnidosUS has taken a closer look at Latinos in the workforce, and data tells us troubling trends that Latinos are still concentrated in low-wage jobs, and this contributes to persistent wealth disparities.

“The October jobs report also tells us that there was a slight increase in both the numbers of employed and unemployed Latinos, and Latino labor force participation increased by 199,000. Food services led job growth this month adding nearly half, 40 percent, of the 128,000 jobs. This is notable because Latino workers are over-represented in the food services sector, making up 25.9 percent of workers. While the national unemployment rate increased to 3.6 percent in October, the Latino unemployment rate increased from 3.9 percent in September to 4.1 percent in October. At 4.1 percent, the Latino unemployment rate is still significantly higher than the national unemployment rate of 3.6 percent.

“As Latinos make up more than 28 million of the nation’s workers and continue to have the highest labor force participation rate than any other group, policymakers and employers must find ways for more Latinos to overcome barriers to upward mobility,” said Jennifer Brown, Associate Director of Economic Policy at UnidosUS.

To read the UnidosUS Latino Jobs Report, please click here.

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.