Hispanic and Latino unemployment remained essentially unchanged at 11.0 per cent, according to the latest Bureau of labour Statistics report released Friday. It remains at sky-high May levels, which further complicates things for President Barack Obama heading into November. That’s down from 11.6 per cent last June, but the rate has gone steadily up for much of the calendar year at a seasonally adjusted rate.
Despite the popularity of Obama’s shift in immigration policy, most Latino voters place it well behind the economy in terms of issue importance to them heading into the November election between Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
A recent Gallup poll put unemployment second on the Hispanic voters’ issue list. Overall, health care, unemployment, economic growth and “the gap between the rich and poor” are higher priorities to the majority of Latino voters than immigration.
The same poll gave Obama a 66 to 25 lead over Romney among Latinos. But if the reports keep coming in at these high levels, there may be an opportunity for Romney and Republicans to make inroads.
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