RI Latino Workforce Grows, Unemployment Remains High

Feb 29, 2016

Latinos are the fastest growing population in the Ocean State, and a report out Monday finds they’ll make up a quarter of the workforce by 2040. But the group remains disproportionately unemployed and underemployed.

Using information culled from a study by the Economic Progress Institute, the Latino Policy Institute reports points to an unemployment rate for Latinos of 16 percent in 2014, compared to around 7 percent for the rest of the state.

Anna Cano Morales, director of the Latino Policy Institute, said an education gap contributes to the disparity, and suggests the state needs to change the way it caters to Latino students. 

“Three out of four students in the districts of Central Falls and Pawtucket, are Latinos,” said Cano Morales. “Therefore there should be a change in what you see in terms of hiring and policies, and curriculum and assessment, in those three districts.”        

Morales said economic disparities are especially hard felt by Latina women.