ERIC Number: ED443915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
U.S. Hispanic Demographic Profile: Developments, Implications, and Challenges.
Perez, Sonia M.
Based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other sources, this paper outlines several notable trends in the social and economic outlook of Latinos, discusses some implications of the data, and presents four challenges that the Hispanic community continues to confront in its pursuit of social stability and economic mobility. Overall, the Hispanic population in the United States was estimated at 29.2 million in 1997, which constituted 10.9% of the U.S. population. The majority of Hispanics are native-born, high school graduates, and employed. Latinos also represent a growing proportion of high school and college graduates and business owners. Most Latino households are formed by families, and Latinos continue to make gains in areas that will lead to greater economic stability. Wide disparities continue to exist in educational attainment between Latinos and non-Latinos, and high poverty persists among Hispanic families and children. Challenges Latinos still face in the United States are: (1) barriers to increased educational attainment; (2) continued occupational segmentation; (3) limited experience with traditional mechanisms used for the generation of wealth and accumulation of assets; and (4) the tendency to use immigration to rationalize low Latino socioeconomic status. (Contains 10 figures and 18 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC. Office of Research Advocacy and Legislation.