Economy and Workforce
The strength of the American economy is increasingly linked to the strength of the Latino workforce. Latinos are the fastest-growing segment of the American workforce, with 22.7 million Latinos at work in the United States representing 14.8% of the labor force. By 2050, one in three working Americans will be Hispanic. Yet today Hispanics face major barriers to employment in good jobs.
NCLR’s economic and workforce advocacy seeks to ensure the Latino community’s ability to contribute to and share in the nation’s economic opportunities by promoting policies that boost Hispanic employment in good jobs, provide safe and fair workplaces, bridge Latino workers’ education and skills gaps, and offer a secure retirement.
NCLR’s Workforce Development programs prepare workers for lifelong economic and career advancement. The NCLR Career Pathways Initiative targets low-skilled and limited-English-proficient adults in the green, health care, and customer service sectors, and the NCLR Escalera Program: Taking Steps to Success targets at-risk and disconnected youth. Together, NCLR and its Affiliates serve as the link between Latino youth and workers and the workforce development systems, education institutions, and businesses in their communities.