Hispanic Unemployment Rate Held Steady in April, Remaining Well Below Year-Ago’s Record High

By Craig Bannister | May 7, 2021 | 10:16am EDT

The unemployment rate for Hispanics and Latinos was unchanged in April as the number with jobs declined, but so did the number participating in the U.S. labor force.

The 7.9% national, seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for Hispanics and Latinos in April matched March’s level and remained 11.0 points lower than the record-high of 18.9% set a year ago in April 2020.

In April the ranks of Hispanics unemployed rose by 12,000 and 86,000 fewer jobs, but 74,000 left the labor force, dropping Hispanics’ labor force participation rate from 65.6% to 65.3%, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Friday.

Meanwhile, the number of civilian noninstitutionalized Hispanics in the U.S. increased by 68,000 in April.

BLS began tracking Hispanic-Latino employment data in 1973.

Hispanic-Latino employment statistics for April 2021:

  • Unemployment rate: 7.9%, unchanged from March
  • Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population (16+ years old): 44,719,000, up from 44,651,000 in March
  • Number Participating in Labor Force: 29,199,000, down from 29,273,000 in March
  • Labor Force Participation Rate: 65.3%, down from 65.6% in March
  • Number Employed: 26,889,000, down  from 26,975,000 in March
  • Number Unemployed: 2,310,000, up from 2,298,000 in March

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