Puerto Ricans accounted for about 9 percent of the Hispanic or Latino labor force in 2016, around the same share that existed throughout the 1988–2016 period, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.
Other Hispanics or Latinos—whose family origins are in Central or South America and other locations besides Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Cuba—accounted for 26 percent of the Hispanic or Latino labor force in 2016, up from 22 percent in 1988.
These data are from the Current Population Survey.
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In 2016, there were 26.8 million Hispanics or Latinos in the U.S. labor force, nearly triple the 9.0 million in 1988. Hispanics or Latinos composed 16.8 percent of the labor force in 2016, up from 7.4 percent in 1988, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.
Hispanics or Latinos include people from many ethnic groups and cultures. The largest is Mexican Americans, who accounted for 61 percent of the Hispanic or Latino labor force in 2016, around the same share as in 1988.
Cubans are the smallest group, accounting for about 4 percent of the Hispanic or Latino labor force in 2016, a slightly smaller share than in 1988.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
***In this analysis, Puerto Ricans include labor force participants living in the 50 states or the District of Columbia, but not those living in Puerto Rico.
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