Hispanic Cultural Stereotypes

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Often being ignored or rejected, the Hispanic community suffers a bad perception from the Americans and is many times associated with the stereotypes that they have especially regarding unemployment, education and crime rates. While in reality, Hispanics are completely different from these beliefs and wage an everyday fight in order to live their American dream, it is important to make clear what this minority is actually facing from an economic point of view.

Fifty-six million. This is the number representing the Hispanic population of the United States in July 1, 2015. This makes people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority by being more than seventeen percent of the nation’s total population. To understand better
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Many started to work in the construction industry and occupy professions in service, maintenance, food preparation and serving or ground cleaning. In general, the occupations in which Hispanics are concentrated are low in wages and with low educational requirements while the representation of whites in professional occupations is growing. Hispanic workers lack representation in professional occupations. This leads to an increasing gap between both groups in the occupational status. On another hand, both white and Asian workers are more than twice as likely as Latino workers to be found in professional occupations. When going into detail, we can find out that Mexicans and Puerto Ricans lag the furthest in comparison to the status of whites. And of the three largest components of the Hispanic community that are Mexicans, Cubans and Puerto Ricans, Cubans and whites are comparable in occupational status. Mexicans and Puerto Ricans are more likely than average to be found in construction and production occupations. Overall, the occupational distribution of Latinos resembles the profile of Black workers most closely with similar proportions to be found in professional, service, sales, and production occupations. Today Hispanics and Whites perform different types of work in the labor market, but always keeping a gap between them. However, simultaneously, the number of Hispanic-owned businesses is growing dramatically and above all, faster than the one of whites or of any other minority. These differences between America’s racial groups are for the most part due to a various number of factors. The one that probably has the strongest impact on occupational attainment is education. Indeed, a college degree directly opens the doors to higher level occupations for Hispanics, more than it does for white people. This is to such an extent that it is estimated that only college-educated Hispanic
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