ERIC Number: ED409484
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Women of Hispanic Origin in the Labor Force. Facts on Working Women No. 97-2.
Women's Bureau (DOL), Washington, DC.
Women of Hispanic origin are one of the fastest-growing population groups in the United States, increasing from 6.2 million in 1986 to 9.6 million in 1996. The largest segment of this population is of Mexican origin, followed by Puerto Rican origin, Cuban origin, and other Spanish descent. As a group, women of Hispanic origin are younger than those of other ethnic groups. About 8 percent of the women in the civilian labor force in 1996 were of Hispanic origin, about 50-60 percent of this population, but the number of Hispanic-origin women who are employed is growing rapidly. Teenage Hispanic women were more likely to be unemployed than those of other origins, and older Hispanic-origin women also had higher rates of unemployment than other groups. Most women of Hispanic origin were employed in the technical, sales, and administrative support and service occupations, partly because only a little more than half of these women had a high school diploma, and few had college degrees. As a consequence, their wages tended to be lower than those of other groups. Families maintained by women, about 12 percent of Hispanic families, had the lowest incomes. (KC)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Women's Bureau (DOL), Washington, DC.