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Official and Alternative Unemployment Rates for Hispanics and Non-Hispanics, 2003

 

Official Unemployment

Rate

Alternative Unemployment Rate (a)

 

2003-Q3

2003-Q4

2003-Q3

2003-Q4

All Workers

6.0%

5.6%

10.4%

10.0%

Hispanics

7.8%

7.1%

14.3%

14.3%

Non-Hispanic Whites

4.8%

4.5%

8.5%

8.0%

Non-Hispanic Blacks

11.2

10.3%

17.4%

16.2%

Source: Pew Hispanic Center, "Latino Labor Report, 2003: Strong but Uneven Gains in Employment," February 2004. Table 2.

a. Alternative unemployment rate includes discouraged workers not currently looking for work.

 

Labor Market Status of Hispanics and Non-Hispanics, 2002-Q4 to 2003-Q4

 

2002-Q4

2003-Q4

Change

% Change

Hispanics

 

 

 

 

Population (Age 16+)

26,679,616

28,009,420

1,329,804

5.0%

Labor Force

18,501,881

19,055,970

554,089

3.0%

Labor Force Participation rate (%)

f69.3

68.0

-1.3

-1.9%

Employment

17,050,550

17,710,191

659,641

3.9%

Employment-to-population ratio (%)

63.9

63.2

-0.7

-1.1%

Non-Hispanics

 

 

 

 

Population (Age 16+)

192,578,469

194,222,382

1,643,693

0.9%

Labor Force

127,363,377

127,968,576

695,199

0.5%

Labor Force Participation rate (%)

66.1

65.9

-0.2

-0.3%

Employment

120,727,584

121,098,550

371,066

0.3%

Employment-to-population ratio (%)

62.7

62.4

-0.3

-0.5%

Source: Pew Hispanic Center, "Latino Labor Report, 2003: Strong but Uneven Gains in Employment," February 2004.  Table 1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average Weekly Earnings of Hispanics and Non-Hispanics, 2002 and 2003

Year and Quarter

Hispanics

Whites

Blacks

All Workers

2002-Q4

$507

$723

$545

$677

2003-Q4

$494

$729

$571

$680

  Change, 2002-03

-$13

$6

$26

$3

  % Change, 2002-03

-2.6%

0.8%

4.8%

0.4%

Source: Pew Hispanic Center, "Latino Labor Report, 2003: Strong but Uneven Gains in Employment," February 2004. Table 3.

 

 

 

 

Edwin S. Rubenstein (email him) is President of ESR Research Economic Consultants in Indianapolis.