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Thursday October 6, 2011

Rhode Island and Conn. Towns Lead in Latino Unemployment

Rhode Island and Conn. Towns Lead in Latino Unemployment

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Latinos in Hartford, Connecticut and Providence, Rhode Island have two of the highest rates of unemployment amongst Latinos according to a new study released Monday.

The Economic Policy Institute released a study earlier this week showing that Hartford and Providence had some of the worst rates of Latino employment out of 38 of the country’s major metropolitan areas.

The Washington-based think tank reported that in 2010, the Latino unemployment rate in Providence was 25.2 percent, and 23.5 percent for Hartford.

It also stated that Hispanics in the Hartford area were 3.4 times more likely than whites to be unemployed, while Hispanics in Providence were 2.5 times as likely as whites to be unemployed.

For Providence, 2010 was the second year in a row Hispanics had an unemployment rate over 20 percent.

The Providence and Hartford metropolitan areas not only were first and second in terms of the highest Hispanic unemployment rates in 2010, but also had the first and second largest increases in Hispanic unemployment from 2009 to 2010. Hartford had the largest increase, 7.5 percentage points, while Hispanic unemployment in Providence increased 4.6 percentage points. In 18 of the 38 metropolitan areas, Hispanic unemployment increased by more than one percentage point.