Latino Workers Earn Less than other Ethnic Minorities
A new study by the Sacramento-based California Budget Project found that the state’s Latino workers have enjoyed wage gains in recent years but they’re still paid less than those of other ethnic groups.
Thursday, September 30, 2004
The report by the non-profit organization found that between 1995 and 2003 Latino workers actually made wage gains that exceeded workers from other ethnic groups in the state. But according to Jean Ross the Executive Director of the Project, despite the gains during that eight-year period, Latino’s are still making less than two-thirds of what others earn. ROSS :13—Some of it has to do with industries that are disproportionately Latino, which tend to be the lowest paid in our economy, agriculture, leisure, and hospitality. The study found that college educated Latinos made about 15 percent less than their counterparts, but Ross said increasing education is the most effective way for Latinos to earn more money. For example, in 2003 a Latino with a high school diploma earned over 40 percent more than a Latino who did not have one. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.