Labor force participation rate of Hispanics at 66.1 percent in 2017

September 25, 2018

Since 1968 Americans have celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15. Each year we recognize the history and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans and their contributions to society. In 2017, the labor force participation rate of Hispanics—that is, the number of people either working or looking for work as a percent of the civilian noninstitutional population—was 66.1 percent. That was higher than the rate for non-Hispanics, at 62.2 percent.

Labor force participation rate of the civilian noninstitutional population by detailed Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, 2017 annual averages
Group Labor force participation rate

Hispanic or Latino

66.1%

Salvadoran

72.2

Other Central American, excludes Salvadoran

70.8

South American

70.0

Mexican

66.0

Dominican

65.5

Other Hispanic or Latino, excludes Dominican

63.7

Cuban

61.7

Puerto Rican

61.7

Non-Hispanic or Latino

62.2

The groups with the highest labor force participation rates among Hispanics were Salvadorans (72.2 percent); other Central Americans, excluding Salvadorans (70.8 percent); and South Americans (70.0 percent). Puerto Ricans and Cubans (each at 61.7 percent) had the lowest labor force participation rates.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. To learn more, see Labor force characteristics by race and ethnicity, 2017.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Labor force participation rate of Hispanics at 66.1 percent in 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/labor-force-participation-rate-of-hispanics-at-66-point-1-percent-in-2017.htm (visited May 21, 2019).

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