At their annual conference taking place in Los Angeles, National Council of La Raza (NCLR) leaders said Latinos are still worried about the overall state of the economy and their job prospects despite the brightening economic outlook.
"Come this fall, millions of Latino voters will be looking for candidates who respond to Latino voters’ real economic concerns, such as their job prospects, paying for college, and owning and keeping their own homes," said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía.
NCLR, the largest Hispanic civil rights organization, advocates for an increase in the minimum wage and greater access to benefits like paid vacation and medical leave.
NCLR commissioned a poll conducted by Latino Decisions that found 67 percent of Hispanics are concerned they are not covering basic expenses and almost 80 percent say they are concerned with a lack of career advancement at their jobs. The poll also found 55 percent of Latino voters would be more likely to vote for a candidate who voted for an increase in the minimum wage, and 10 percent would be less likely.