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Hispanic share of the labor force projected to be 20.9 percent by 2028

October 02, 2019

From 2018 to 2028, the Hispanic share of the labor force is projected to increase more than that of any other race or ethnic group, increasing from 17.5 percent in 2018 to 20.9 percent in 2028. From 2018 to 2028, the share for Hispanic men is projected to increase from 9.9 percent to 11.7 percent, while the share for Hispanic women is projected to increase from 7.5 percent to 9.2 percent.

Share of labor force by race, sex, and ethnicity, 1998, 2008, 2018, and projected 2028

Race, sex, and ethnicity

1998

2008

2018

Projected 2028

White

Total

83.8% 81.4% 77.6% 75.4%

Men

45.8 44.3 42.0 40.3

Women

38.0 37.1 35.6 35.1

Black

Total

11.6 11.5 12.6 13.0

Men

5.5 5.4 6.0 6.1

Women

6.1 6.1 6.6 6.9

Asian

Total

4.6 4.7 6.3 7.3

Men

2.5 2.5 3.3 3.8

Women

2.1 2.2 3.0 3.5

All other groups[1]

Total

N/A N/A 3.5 4.3

Men

N/A N/A 1.8 2.2

Women

N/A N/A 1.7 2.1

Hispanic origin

Total

10.4 14.3 17.5 20.9

Men

6.2 8.6 9.9 11.7

Women

4.2 5.7 7.5 9.2

Other than Hispanic origin

Total

89.6 85.7 82.5 79.1

Men

47.5 44.9 43.2 40.7

Women

42.1 40.8 39.3 38.4

[1] Includes (1) those classified as being of multiple racial origin and (2) the racial categories of (2a) American Indian and Alaska Native and (2b) Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders.

The share of the labor force for White men is projected to decline from 42.0 percent in 2018 to 40.3 percent in 2028. The share for White women is projected to decline less rapidly than that for men, from 35.6 percent in 2018 to 35.1 percent in 2028.

Blacks and Asians are both projected to increase their share of the labor force from 2018 to 2028. The share of the labor force for Blacks is projected to increase from 12.6 percent in 2018 to 13.0 percent in 2028. The share for Asians is projected to increase more than any other race, from 6.3 percent in 2018 to 7.3 percent in 2028.

These data are from the Employment Projections program. Hispanics may be of any race. To learn more, see "Employment Projections — 2018–28."

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Hispanic share of the labor force projected to be 20.9 percent by 2028 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/hispanic-share-of-the-labor-force-projected-to-be-20-point-9-percent-by-2028.htm (visited October 16, 2019).

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