Hispanic unemployment rates consistently exceed U.S. national averages: Unemployment rates by Hispanic ethnicity and gender, 1980–2017

Year Hispanic men All men  Hispanic women All women 
1980 9.7% 7.0% 10.7% 7.4%
1981 10.2% 7.4% 10.8% 7.9%
1982 13.6% 9.9% 14.1% 9.4%
1983 13.6% 10.0% 13.9% 9.2%
1984 10.5% 7.5% 11.1% 7.6%
1985 10.3% 7.0% 11.0% 7.5%
1986 10.5% 7.0% 10.8% 7.1%
1987 8.8% 6.2% 8.9% 6.2%
1988 8.1% 5.5% 8.3% 5.6%
1989 7.6% 5.2% 8.8% 5.4%
1990 8.0% 5.6% 8.4% 5.5%
1991 10.3% 7.2% 9.6% 6.5%
1992 11.7% 7.9% 11.4% 7.1%
1993 10.6% 7.0% 11.0% 6.7%
1994 9.4% 6.2% 10.7% 6.1%
1995 8.8% 5.6% 10.0% 5.6%
1996 8.0% 5.4% 10.3% 5.4%
1997 7.0% 4.9% 8.9% 5.0%
1998 6.4% 4.4% 8.2% 4.6%
1999 5.6% 4.1% 7.6% 4.3%
2000 5.0% 3.9% 6.8% 4.1%
2001 6.0% 4.8% 7.5% 4.7%
2002 7.2% 6.0% 8.1% 5.6%
2003 7.2% 6.3% 8.4% 5.7%
2004 6.6% 5.7% 7.7% 5.4%
2005 5.4% 5.1% 6.9% 5.1%
2006 4.9% 4.6% 5.9% 4.6%
2007 5.4% 4.8% 6.1% 4.5%
2008 7.6% 6.1% 7.7% 5.4%
2009 12.6% 10.3% 11.4% 8.1%
2010 12.7% 10.5% 12.3% 8.6%
2011 11.2% 9.4% 11.8% 8.5%
2012 9.9% 8.2% 10.9% 7.9%
2013 8.8% 7.6% 9.6% 7.1%
2014 6.8% 6.3% 8.2% 6.1%
2015 6.3% 5.4% 7.1% 5.2%
2016 5.4% 4.9% 6.3% 4.8%
2017 4.7% 4.4% 5.7% 4.3%

Note: Population is the civilian labor force ages 16 and older.

Source: EPI analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Population Survey public data series

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