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Jobs Report: Latino Unemployment Rate Falls in July

by Brian Latimer /
Job seekers check out opportunities at a job fair on June 12, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Olson / Getty Images

July surpassed expectations for job growth in the U.S., and although the national unemployment rate stayed the same, the Latino labor force saw gains in job growth.

More than 255,000 jobs were added in July, which surpassed predictions of about 180,000 for the same month. The Latino unemployment rate fell from 5.8 percent to 5.4 percent, according to the National Council of La Raza's jobs report.

The national unemployment rate stayed constant at 4.9 percent, the U.S. Department of Labor reported.

The number of employed Latino workers increased from 25.1 million in June, to 25.3 million. In July. Meanwhile, the number of Latinos available for work or not working dropped by about 100,000.

NCLR speculated Latino workers benefited from the addition of 45,000 hospitality jobs in July.

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The labor force participation rate for Latinos, which counts all people 16 years old and older who are able to work, slightly increased from 65.6 to 65.8 percent.

In June, the Latino unemployment rate increased from 5.6 percent to 5.8 percent, and at the same time the Latino civilian labor force — the total of both employed and unemployed people — grew by 165,000 people.

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