Latino Children hit hardest by “Great Recession”
Childhood poverty among Latinos leads nation (Pew Hispanic Center)
A report released yesterday shows that in 2010 there were almost 6.1m Latino children living in poverty, more than any other ethnic group. The Pew Hispanic Center notes that this is partly a result of the poverty which has spread from the “Great Recession” of 2007-09 and has destroyed a significant amount of the nation’s wealth. A previous Pew report showed that this wealth destruction hit the Hispanic community particularly hard. Between 2007 and 2010, the number of Latino children living in poverty increased by 36.3%, compared to a 17.6% increase in the number of white children in poverty, and an 11.7% increase for black children during the period.
Also, according to the Pew Hispanic report:
This negative milestone for Hispanics is a product of their growing numbers, high birth rates and declining economic fortunes. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Hispanics today make up a record 16.3% of the total U.S. population. But they comprise an even larger share—23.1%—of the nation’s children, a disparity driven mainly by high birth rates among Hispanic immigrants.
Of the 6.1 million Latino children living in poverty, more than two-thirds (4.1 million) are the children of immigrant parents. The other 2 million are the children of parents born in the U.S. Among the 4.1 million impoverished Latino children of immigrants, the vast majority (86.2%) were born in the U.S.