Mexican American men are more attached to the labor force (working or looking for work) than other Hispanic men in the U.S.: Labor force participation rates of Hispanic men, by national origin, 1988–2017

Year Mexican American Puerto Rican Cuban American All Hispanic men 
1988 84.2% 72.8% 78.9% 81.9%
1989 83.3% 75.9% 77.4% 82.0%
1990 83.2% 71.9% 75.2% 81.4%
1991 81.4% 71.8% 76.1% 80.3%
1992 82.3% 70.0% 73.4% 80.7%
1993 81.8% 70.8% 73.7% 80.2%
1994 81.5% 67.6% 70.3% 79.2%
1995 80.9% 70.6% 69.9% 79.1%
1996 81.4% 69.2% 74.8% 79.6%
1997 81.4% 71.6% 74.4% 80.2%
1998 81.6% 68.9% 73.5% 79.8%
1999 81.2% 69.5% 75.1% 79.8%
2000 83.1% 71.2% 73.2% 81.5%
2001 83.1% 68.9% 69.4% 81.0%
2002 82.3% 71.1% 63.1% 80.2%
2003 82.5% 69.5% 65.6% 80.1%
2004 82.2% 69.5% 69.4% 80.4%
2005 81.8% 67.7% 70.3% 80.1%
2006 82.2% 69.7% 72.4% 80.7%
2007 82.1% 69.1% 71.7% 80.5%
2008 81.6% 70.2% 72.6% 80.2%
2009 80.0% 68.3% 69.4% 78.8%
2010 79.4% 66.3% 71.2% 77.8%
2011 78.1% 62.9% 71.4% 76.5%
2012 77.5% 65.3% 68.9% 76.1%
2013 77.3% 66.7% 68.6% 76.3%
2014 76.9% 67.1% 67.7% 76.1%
2015 77.5% 66.7% 69.1% 76.3%
2016 77.2% 65.3% 71.6% 76.0%
2017 76.7% 66.7% 71.9% 75.8%

Note: The labor force participation rate is the share of civilians ages 16 and older who are employed or looking for a job.

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

View the underlying data on epi.org.