ERIC Number: ED329640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Changing Hispanic Demographics.
McKay, Emily Gantz
This report provides a demographic overview of Hispanics in the United States. Information was drawn largely from recent census figures. The following highlights are reported: (1) Hispanic Americans are the youngest and fastest growing minority group, but they are also more likely than non-Hispanics to drop out of school, be unemployed or underemployed, and live in poverty; (2) while Hispanic American educational attainment and economic status are improving, the economic gap between Hispanic Americans and Whites is widening; (3) inadequate education is the single greatest problem facing Hispanic Americans; (4) while Hispanic American men have a higher labor force participation rate than any other population group, they are much more likely than White men to be unemployed or underemployed; (5) while the labor force participation of Hispanic American women has increased, they have the lowest earnings of any population group; (6) the labor force participation of Hispanic American youth has decreased; (7) the income gap between Hispanic Americans and non-Hispanic Americans is widening; (8) just over half of all Hispanic American families have a female head of household, one of the major predictors of poverty; (9) Hispanic Americans are more likely to have children and live in larger families than other groups. The negative impact of these trends on the economy, child welfare, and social services are discussed. Statistical data are presented in 18 tables. A list of 16 references is appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC. Office of Research Advocacy and Legislation.
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