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Friday April 29, 2011

Study: Young Latinos Without Diplomas or GEDs Will Have Even Fewer Job Opportunities by 2018

Study: Young Latinos Without Diplomas or GEDs Will Have Even Fewer Job Opportunities by 2018

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Tuesday, the National Council of La Raza has released a report showing that the school dropout rate of Latino teenagers is now 28 percent, and those who do not finish school face greater social and job-market obstacles in their future.

The report states that a mere 58 percent of Latinos finish high school, and of those 40 percent under the age of 25 are unemployed or only have temporary jobs

And it is expected that future prospects are even worse, as half of the 15.6 million new jobs predicted to be created in the U.S. by 2016 – mainly those in the fields of health care, social services, computers, and environmental sciences – are going to require at least some college or university education. If the trend continues, by 2018, it is expected that only 28 percent of available jobs will be hiring those who have not finished high school.

While these predictions, Latino workers would likely remain in the low-paying agriculture, fishing, cleaning, and construction jobs.

La Raza, wishing to avoid this future, remains adamant that programs meant to keep young Latinos ages 16-24 in school are not working, and need to be reformed.

Simon Lopez, director of La Raza’s Workforce and Leadership Development told EFE, “Keeping in mind that Hispanics are going to represent a very important segment in the future labor force, it’s crucial to reengage these young people in their training, educate them, to be able to place these kids, who now are at risk of social exclusion, on the road to quality employment and economic stability.”

The study also showed that, during their lifetime, young people who complete high school or get their GED earn an average of $630,000 more than those that do not.