In a recent statement issued by the University of Las Vegas, unemployment among Latinos in Nevada increased between 2008 and 2010, particularly because of a downturn in the construction and hospitality sectors, according to a report by Brookings Mountain West.
The report, authored by UNLV professors John Tuman and Dave Damore, and recent graduate Maria Jose Flor Agreda, is one of the first studies of its kind to examine patterns of Latino employment and unemployment in Nevada before, during and after the economic downturn.
“The official unemployment data may have understated the impact of the Great Recession on Latinos in Nevada,” report authors suggested. Authors added that state data does not include information on “discouraged workers,” or those who want a job but aren’t currently looking because they believe there are no jobs available for which they would qualify.
In 2012, Latino unemployment in Nevada remained at 13.6 percent, a rate higher than in any year prior to the 2007 downtown and much higher than the state rate of 9.8 percent, the report said.