Hispanic Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.5% in July

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | August 2, 2019 | 8:57 AM EDT


The number of Hispanics and Latinos employed fell and those in the U.S. labor force increased, in July as their national seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate rose to 4.5%, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released Friday show.

In July, the unemployment rate for Hispanics and Latinos, aged 16 and up, was 4.5%, up from 4.3% in June, as well as and from the record low of 4.2% in April and May – which broke the record low of 4.3% set two months earlier in February. BLS began tracking Hispanic-Latino employment data in 1973.

21,000 fewer Hispanics had jobs in July. The record for Hispanic employment of 27,701,000 was set in December 2018. The number of Hispanics participating in the workplace increased in July as Hispanics' labor force participation rate remained unchanged at 66.4%.

The number of unemployed Hispanics rose to 1,314,000 in July, up from 1,253,000 the previous month.

Hispanic-Latino employment statistics for July 2019:

  • Unemployment rate: 4.5%, up from 4.3% in June
  • Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population (16+ years old): 43,537,000, up from 43,453,000 in June
  • Number Participating in Labor Force: 28,896,000, up from 28,855,000 in June
  • Labor Force Participation: 66.4%, unchanged from 66.4% in June
  • Number Employed: 27,581,000, down from 27,602,000 in June
  • Number Unemployed: 1,314,000 up from 1,253,000 in June
Hispanics participating in U.S. workforce in month of July (Thousands)


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