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Friday, July 06, 2012

Unemployment More than Double for Hispanics than Whites in Abq

Following is a press release from NM Voices for Children regarding a report released on July 2nd, 2012.

The unemployment rate for Hispanics in Albuquerque is more than double the rate for Whites. That’s according to a report released on July 2, 2012 by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). The report looks at unemployment rates for Hispanics in 25 metropolitan areas, including Albuquerque.

According to the EPI report, the unemployment rate for Hispanics in Albuquerque was 11.3 percent in 2011. That was up from 9.3 percent in 2010. Albuquerque had the highest ratio of Hispanic-to-White unemployment of all the metro areas. For every White worker who is unemployed, 2.5 Hispanic workers are out of jobs.

“There are several factors at play here. First, the construction sector lost the most jobs after the housing bubble burst, and there was a high concentration of Hispanics in that sector,” said Gerry Bradley, Research Director at New Mexico Voices for Children. “Also, the Hispanic population in New Mexico is younger than the White population overall, so they tend not to have as much seniority at their jobs and generally have lower levels of education than Whites,” he said.

“This report shows the need to improve educational opportunities for Hispanics. The most effective way to do this is to start before children enter the K-12 school system so they are ready to learn when they begin school,” Bradley added.

The overall unemployment rate for May 2012 was 6.7 percent for the state and 6.8 percent for the Albuquerque metro area, according to the NM Department of Workforce Solutions.

The EPI report is available online at: http://www.epi.org/publication/ib336-hispanic-metropolitan-unemployment/


July 6, 2012 at 12:44 PM in Children and Families, Education, Hispanic Issues, Unemployment | Permalink


"More educational opportunities" won't matter if the parents do not encourage their children to take advantage of them. I think more effort needs to be made to get the parents more involved.

Posted by: Ellen Wedum | Jul 7, 2012 10:47:01 AM

You may have left out one factor for higher unemployment of Hispanics. It is preferential hiring of White people. In other words, it is racism that is nothing new. It is a combination of both racist and classiest privilege that influences opportunity, training and education. Even with a good education, a Hispanic is less likely to be hired or given the opportunity to develop skill.
This article seems to be side stepping this predominant factor.

Posted by: qofdisks | Jul 7, 2012 3:24:37 PM


Can you show any local data and facts in Albuquerque to back up your white privilege claim? One thing that I do know from working in education in Albuquerque since 1989 and growing up here is that the there is a problem of women of all races having children before they turn twenty and finish high school, then raising their children as single parents working min wage jobs. These women have access to birth control but they don't use it. The cycle continues when these women's children get pregnant and they become grandmothers as young as 30. New Mexico's teen pregnancy rate has gone up in the past 30 years. There is a huge child abuse and neglect problem in New Mexico and there are lots of children in state custody that are being raised in the foster system due to severe abuse.
Another problem is that since Albuquerque is a major drug smuggling corridor we have a huge drug and alcohol abuse problem that affects all races. It's easy to get drugs in the high schools plus there are old gangs in Albuquerque that have been around since the zoot suit days that recruit young people. This gives us a problem that lots of young people have a hard time finding a job, because they are convicted felons.
The school system has always s*cked in N.M. and the politicians have always conned New Mexicans with the same old line of "we are a poor state, so we can't afford better schools." What most New Mexicans don't know is that New Mexico has $10 Billion dollars for education that is sitting on Wall Street making the bankers rich and both the Dems and Rep won"t use any of it because it's a rainy day fund. It's raining right now and hard in our schools. Half of the state's adult population's reading level is on the 6th grade or less. I've went and worked in schools where the roof was leaking. My son used ten year old text books and his school building was falling apart. How can New Mexico expect to attract higher paying jobs if it doesn't have an educated work force?
New Mexico's political power isn't all white there is a huge old hispanic power base here that has existed, since New Mexico was New Spain. Lots of the state, city and county jobs go to hispanic people that are connected to management and local. New Mexico has a nepotism problem and it feeds into the corruption here which keeps New Mexico a poor and backwards state.

Posted by: watergate | Jul 8, 2012 7:39:42 AM