Latinos and African Americans are wondering what all the hoopla is over the .3 decrease (from 10% to 9.7%) in the national unemployment rate. The unemployment rate of these groups has gone up from 9.9% to 12.6%, according to the National Institute for Latino Policy (NILP). So it’s not time to break out the marching band.
NILP states the rates are probably higher considering that undocumented immigrants are excluded from these statistics. And the jobless rate for Latinos—and overall— does not include Puerto Rico, where the unemployment rate is a staggering 17 percent.