Number of Hispanics Employed Rises in March; Unemployment Rate Up from Record Low

By Craig Bannister | April 5, 2019 | 8:51am EDT

The national seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for Hispanics and Latinos in the U.S. labor rose to 4.7% in March from its record low set the month before, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released Friday show.

In March, the unemployment rate for Hispanics and Latinos, aged 16 and up, was 4.7%, up from 4.3% in February. February broke its record low of 4.4% set in October of 2018 and matched in December of 2018. BLS began tracking Hispanic-Latino employment data in 1973.

The number of Hispanics employed rose to 27,566,000 from 27,480,000 in February and off from its record high of 27,701,000 in December 2018. The number of Hispanics participating in the workplace increased as Hispanics' labor force participation rate rose to 67.0% in March, up from 66.6% the month before.

Hispanic-Latino employment statistics for February 2019:

  • Unemployment rate: 4.7% from 4.3% in February
  • Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population (16+ years old): 43,205,000, up from 43,127,000 in February.
  • Number Participating in Labor Force: 28,929,000, up from 28,724,000 in February
  • Labor Force Participation: 67.0%, up from 66.6% in February.
  • Number Employed: 27,566,000, up from 27,480,000 in February.
  • Number Unemployed: 1,363,000, up from 1,245,000 in February.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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