Most Latino Workers Are US-Born And Not Immigrants, New Study Finds

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Where Do American Immigrants Come From? Mostly From Latin America, Pew Research Center Reports Shutterstock/Janet J

Alright, here are the facts: The United States has over 40 million immigrants and the U.S. Census Bureau projected that there will be no single racial or ethnic group will constitute a majority of children under 18 and in three decades, no single ethnic group will be a majority in the country.

And of the American population, there are almost 52 million Hispanics/Latinos in America and the Hispanic/Latino community is the fastest growing minority group in the United States. As such, the Latino influence in the United States is undeniable -- Latinos buy 25 percent of all movie tickets in the United States and The NPD Group found that Latinos will be changing food culture in America and according to the Selig Center for Economic Growth, the purchasing power of Hispanics in 2012 was $1.2 trillion. 

Now, the Pew Research Center is reporting an interesting finding about the majority of Hispanic workers in the United States: they are not immigrants. 

"In 2013, 49.7% of the more than 22 million employed Latinos were immigrants," explains Pew Research Center. "This share was down sharply from the pre-recession peak of 56.1% in 2007. Although Latinos have gained 2.8 million jobs since the recession ended in 2009, only 453,000 of those went to immigrants. Moreover, all of the increase in employment for Latino immigrants happened in the first two years of the recovery, from 2009 to 2011. Since then, from 2011 to 2013, the employment of Latino immigrants is unchanged."

Pew Research Center also found that Latinos recovered most of their jobs that were lost during the recession and there has even been a modest growth in income. For Hispanics, they found the most success in recovering jobs in specific job markets. For example, drinking and lodging services provided 497,000 new jobs, wholesale and retail trade created 401,000 opportunities, and professional other business services gave 357,000.

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