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Hispanic Heritage Month

10/2/2018 3:00:00 PM

Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes Hispanic and Latino Americans for their contributions to the US and celebrates their culture and history. DEED’s Labor Market Information Office crunches the numbers, drawing from the latest 2017 1-year estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey – or ACS.

ACS – About the Counts

Regardless of status, the survey aims to represent all persons. The survey does not ask about being in the country legally or not. There are likely significant undercounts for undocumented workers (if they are undocumented, it’s unlikely they will be responding to a Census survey). Read more on the ACS methodology.

Hispanic or Latino Population in Minnesota

  • 2017 total population: 296,666 (makes up about 5.3 percent of Minnesota’s 5,576,606 people)
    • Hispanic/Latino population grew by 2.8 percent between 2016-17 (about 8,200 people). For reference, Minnesota’s total population grew by 1 percent during this time (about 56,700 people)
    • Hispanic/Latino population grew by 44.9 percent between 2007-17 (about 91,900 people). For reference, Minnesota’s total population grew by 7.3 percent during this time (about 379,000 people)

  • In 2017, there were about 149,129 Hispanic or Latino people in Minnesota’s labor force.
    • Hispanic or Latino Labor Force Participation Rate: 76.6 percent (69.5 percent for the total population in MN)
    • Hispanic or Latino Unemployment Rate: 5.4 percent (3.6 percent for the total population in MN). To compare, the Hispanic/Latino unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in 2016, and 11.2 percent in 2010
  • Hispanic/Latino median household income in 2017: $50,866 (up 10.7 percent from 2016). For reference, the median household income for the total population in MN: $68,388 (up 4.3 percent from 2016)

  • Hispanic/Latino share of total population living below the poverty level: 19.0 percent (9.5 percent for the total population in Minnesota)

Hispanic or Latino Population in Minnesota, 2017

The Hispanic or Latino population in Minnesota is much younger than the overall population in the state. For example, in 2017, 32.4 percent of the Hispanic or Latino population was 14 years of age or younger. Comparatively, only 19.4 percent of the state’s total population was 14 years of age or younger. On the other side of the spectrum, only 3.3 percent of the Hispanic or Latino population in Minnesota was 65 years of age or older, while 15.4 percent of the state’s total population was 65 years of age or older. The median age for the Hispanic or Latino population in the state is 24.7 years, while it is 37.9 years for the total population.

A Look at the Employing Industries

Hispanic or Latino Industry Statistics in Minnesota, 2017

Industry sectors in Minnesota employing the most Hispanic or Latino workers are:

  • Manufacturing
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Health care and social assistance
  • Retail trade
  • Administrative and support services.

These industry sectors account for nearly two-thirds (65.4 percent) of Hispanic or Latino workers in the state. Overall, jobs held by Hispanic or Latino workers make up about 4.5 percent of Minnesota’s total employment. Agriculture has the highest share of its total employment being held by Hispanic or Latino workers, at 14.7 percent. Other industry sectors with high shares of their respective total employment being held by Hispanic or Latino workers include Administrative and Support Services (9.5 percent), Accommodation and Food Services (9.0 percent), and Manufacturing (6.8 percent).

CareerOneStop – Resources in Spanish

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, CareerOneStop provides numerous employment-related tools to help job seekers, students, businesses and career professionals. The entire site is available in Spanish. Find the world icon at the top of the webpage and select ‘Espanol’ for translation.

Newest Career Videos – CareerOneStop’s newly-emerging career videos are all available with Spanish and English closed captioning.

Career Videos – Over 500 archived career videos in Spanish are available.

ChatBot – The COS CareerBot is able to communicate in Spanish. The chat is located in the lower right hand corner of the CareerOneStop website.

Outreach Materials – Several brochures and printable resources are available in Spanish.

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