How Latinos Might Help Boost a Green Economy
From ABC News
By Emily Deruy
Near-double digit unemployment among Latinos persists more than four years after the U.S. economic collapse, but a new report suggests that so-called “green jobs” could help reduce joblessness.
According to a report from the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Latino-advocacy organization, Hispanic workers stand to benefit significantly from the growing clean-energy sector.
“It is in the interest of the country to align the fastest growing segment of our labor market with some of the fastest growing sectors of the economy,” Catherine Singley, a senior policy analyst with NCLR, said during a news call.
The report identifies five metropolitan areas as diverse as Knoxville, Tenn. and Los Angeles where Latinos might benefit from the green jobs sector. Some of the areas, such as McAllen, Texas, already have sizeable Latino populations. Others, such as Little Rock, Ark., have small but growing Hispanic populations. All, according to the report, have bustling green economies.
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