ERIC Number: ED434776
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Hispanics in Oregon's Workforce, 1998.
Turner, Brenda; Wood, Mary
This report describes the Latino workforce in Oregon, outlining employment, income, education, and unemployment data. A brief history of Hispanics in the state notes that most of Oregon's Hispanics are of Mexican origin and that the state's Hispanic population grew 66 percent between 1990 and 1997. The history of migrant agricultural labor in Oregon is reviewed, and one chapter notes that increasing numbers of Hispanics are participating in politics, showing special interest in bilingual education, English-only legislation, immigration and welfare reform, and affirmative action. A chapter on general labor force issues reveals that Oregon's Hispanic labor force has more than doubled since 1990, unemployment rates and high school dropout rates are higher for Hispanics than any other group, and less than two percent of postsecondary degrees awarded in Oregon were earned by Hispanics. An examination of employment trends shows that Hispanics are represented in all major occupational groups, with agriculture no longer their primary employer; many occupations common for them have lower skills and educational requirements and lower pay; Hispanics are not well represented in professional occupations; and Hispanic-owned firms have increased. A chapter on income and wages finds that Oregon Hispanics earn less than the state average, and documents the relationship between education and income. Hispanic contributions to the economy are noted, and barriers to employment are discussed in the last two chapters. (Contains 37 data tables and figures.) (TD)
Descriptors: Demography, Dropout Rate, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Patterns, Employment Statistics, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Income, Labor Force, Migrant Workers, Occupations, Tables (Data)
Workforce Analysis, Oregon Employment Dept., 875 Union St., NE, Rm. 206, Salem, OR 97311 (free). Tel: 503-947-1233.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon State Dept. of Employment, Salem.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon