Latino Immigrant Employment During the Great Recession: A Comparison of the United States and Spain

  • María Aysa-Lastra Florida International University
  • Lorenzo Cachón Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Keywords: Immigrants, Latinos, employment, economic crisis, Spain, United States.

Abstract

he Great Recession profoundly impacted labor markets in the United States and Spain, the two most important destinations for Latin American immigrants. Unemployment rates doubled within two years and increased at an even greater rate for Latino immigrants. Using national labor force surveys (Encuesta de Población Activa for Spain and Current Population Survey for the U.S.), this article compares employment trends of natives, immigrants in general, and Latino immigrants in both countries by sectors. We conclude that despite the differences in the Spanish and U.S. economies and the historical distinctions between immigration flows from Latin America to both countries, the crisis's effects on employment have similar features and show the greater vulnerability of immigrants in general and Latino immigrants in particular.
Published
2012-12-01
How to Cite
Aysa-Lastra, M., & Cachón, L. (2012). Latino Immigrant Employment During the Great Recession: A Comparison of the United States and Spain. Norteamérica, Revista Académica Del CISAN-UNAM, 7(2). https://doi.org/10.22201/cisan.24487228e.2012.2.166
Section
ESSAYS