Education
9:27 am
Thu October 17, 2013

New Study Highlights Skills And Education Gap In Rising Latino Workforce

Latinos are the fastest growing population group in Rhode Island, but they lack the skills and education needed to get ahead.  That’s the major finding of a new study published by the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University.

Latinos constitute about 13 percent of Rhode Island’s population, a number that is expected to grow over the next decade. But they are ill-equipped for the 21st century workforce according to Ana Cano Morales, director of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University and author of a new report on Latinos in the Ocean State.

"Thirty-five percent of Rhode Island Latinos which are aged 25 and over don’t have a high school diploma or an equivalent of a high school diploma. So if you don’t have a high school diploma at the very least, that’s 35 percent of our population, that’s a problem," said Morales.

The Latino Policy Institute study also blew a hole in the misconception that most Latinos don’t speak English. The study found that 72 percent of Rhode Island Latinos in the workforce speak English exclusively or well.

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