Most of the jobs Hispanic workers landed were in the construction industry, despite a slowdown in the housing market nationally and in major metros such as Phoenix, Las Vegas and Southern California. In fact, two out of every three new U.S. construction jobs went to Hispanic workers, according to the Washington, D.C. organization. “They benefited from strong employment growth in the industry even as the housing market endured a year-long slump,” the report said.
Hispanic employment increased by almost 1 million from 2005 to 2006, with foreign-born Latinos who arrived since 2000 responsible for about 24 percent of the total U.S. employment increase.
[Editors Note: This article is based on “Construction Jobs Expand for Latinos Despite Slump in Housing Market” from the Pew Hispasnic Center; the PDF can be read here] and can be downloaded from this page.