Latino Unemployment Rate Drops, But Not For the Best Reason

Latino Unemployment Rate Drops, But Not For the Best Reason

Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report stating the Latino unemployment rate had dropped from 8.7 percent in November to 8.3 percent in December.

But the drop cannot be credited to a rise in the amount of available jobs or any other good reason but rather, according to The Huffington Post, the National Council of La Raza said this was due to "the Latino labor force participation rate dropped and the total Latino workforce shrank by 261,000.”

VOXXI also reports that the national unemployment rate dip did not occur because of employers creating jobs, but instead because Americans just stopped looking for work. Over 900,000 people have claimed they believe there aren't any jobs available for them.

As a result of these numbers and discouraged job seekers, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda has submitted a letter to the Senate, urging them to extend unemployment benefits.

“With Latino unemployment at 8.7 percent, above the national average of 7 percent, Latinos know the hardships of living through periods of unemployment,” the letter read. “A timely extension of unemployment insurance benefits will be critical for many Americans, who have already been squeezed by multiple rounds of federal budget cuts in recent years, leading to less support for job training, child care, rental assistance, and education.”