Latinos are emerging as pivotal contributors to the U.S. economy, accounting for a significant portion of the country’s workforce growth and marking an influence that’s become integral to the nation’s economic trajectory.
According to a recent report by the Latino Donor Collaborative, as highlighted in an analysis by Scripps News, Latinos have played a pivotal role in the U.S. economy over the past decade. The study reveals that from 2010 to 2020, Latinos accounted for a staggering 73% of the growth in U.S. labor force participation.
This influence is bolstered by the fact that in 2021, the total economic output of U.S. Latinos reached $3.2 trillion. To put this in perspective, if U.S. Latinos’ GDP were a standalone economy, it would rank as the fifth largest globally, trailing only the U.S., China, Japan, and Germany.
More specifically, the report shows that annual U.S. GDP growth increased by 2%, from 2011 to 2021. The GDP growth of U.S. Latinos doubled that rate, standing at 4% per year during the same period.
One notable factor contributing to this trend is the younger median age of Latinos compared to the rest of the U.S. population, hinting that the economic influence will only increase in the coming years.
While the Latino community has made significant strides in the workforce, challenges persist. The Census Bureau indicates that Hispanics were twice as likely to live in poverty compared to non-Hispanic White Americans in 2021. Additionally, the median income for Hispanics was 25% lower than that of White Americans.
The report’s findings showcase the growing influence of the Latino community in the U.S. economy. The robust GDP growth, strong workforce participation rate, and increasing educational attainment suggest that this growing influence will persist in the coming years.