ERIC Number: ED273739
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Sep-5
Reference Count: 0
Puerto Ricans: Growing Problems for a Growing Population. A First Friday Report.
Barreto, Julio, Jr.; And Others
This report provides statistical evidence of worsening conditions facing Puerto Ricans in America in the areas of (1) unemployment, (2) poverty, (3) demographics, and (4) education. It concludes with recommendations from the National Puerto Rican Forum. The unemployment rate for Puerto Ricans is the highest among Hispanic population groups. The poverty rate of Hispanics in general now exceeds that of blacks in certain areas. Because of the kinds of jobs becoming available, Hispanics have a slim chance of escaping the poverty cycle. With dramatically increasing numbers, Hispanics are expected to be the largest minority in the United States by the year 2000. Related to unemployment is lack of education. The most rapidly increasing minority group in urban schools, Hispanics have an extremely high dropout rate. High illiteracy rates of Hispanics are also linked to unemployment. Recommendations on Puerto Ricans' future include: (1) attention to government funding of programs, (2) increased attention from the educational system, and (3) greater commitment from the business community to provide employment opportunities. The National Puerto Rican Forum sees the socioeconomic situation of Puerto Ricans at a crucial stage requiring immediate action. (LHW)
Descriptors: Demography, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Hispanic Americans, Minority Groups, Poverty, Puerto Ricans, Socioeconomic Status, Unemployment, Urban Demography, Urban Problems
National Committee for Full Employment, 815 16th Street, N.W., Suite 301, WAshington, DC 20006.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Full Employment Action Council, Washington, DC.