RI Latino workforce to grow 5.6 percent by 2020

October 16, 2013, 3:02 pm

BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) — The working-age Latino population in Rhode Island is expected to increase 5.6 percent in the decade ending in 2020, while the non-Latino working population will shrink 5 percent.

The Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University says Latinos represent the state's future workforce but are underrepresented in emerging industries like health care and education. The institute says Latinos have traditionally been concentrated in the manufacturing sector, which has been economically hard hit.

The institute released data Tuesday showing 35 percent of Rhode Island's Latinos have only a high school diploma or equivalent and that 37 percent are working part-time involuntarily for economic reasons.

Rhode Island's Latino population has grown 53 percent since 2000.

The median age for Latinos in Rhode Island is 26. The median age overall is 40.

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