Wages and Benefits
Although Latinos are more likely than Whites and Blacks to be working or searching for a job, they earn the lowest wages of any group. Median weekly earnings for Latinos in 2011 were $549, compared to $775 for Whites and $615 for African Americans. Hispanics have also seen the largest wage decline after the recession—6.7% between 2009 and 2011 compared to 1.1% for Whites and 0.4% for African Americans.
Declining wages translates into less income, leaving families unable to cover basic needs or build wealth. Low-wage jobs are also less likely to offer benefits like health insurance, retirement plans, or paid time off for workers to recover from illness or care for sick families members.
NCLR works to shine a light on wage disparities and to offer policy solutions to improve wages and family economic security for Latinos and other low-wage workers.
For information on Latinos, retirement, and Social Security, contact Leticia Miranda, Senior Policy Advisor, Economic and Employment Policy Project, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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