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P o r t r a i t o f L a t i n o U . S . A .
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panics are expected to add 7.7 million workers to the labor force, while
the number of non-Hispanic whites in the labor force is projected to
decrease by 1.6 million. Consequently, Hispanics will account for the
vast majority—74 percent—of the 10.5 million workers added to the
labor force from 2010 to 2020. That share is higher than in the previous
two decades. Hispanics accounted for 36 percent of the total increase
in the labor force from 1990 to 2000 and for 54 percent from 2000 to
In Figure 3.27 you can see how Latinos are more likely than whites
or African Americans to be employed in the private sector. Employed
Latinos are also much less likely to have a college degree than are either
whites or African Americans. This is partly due to the educational gap
we just talked about, which unfortunately had widened between 2000
and 2011. According to the BLS, the gap between employed whites
with a college education and employed Latinos with a college education
Figure 3.26
Increased Hispanic Participation in the Labor Force