Hispanic men are still more likely to be working or looking for work than other men and women in the U.S.: Labor force participation rates, by Hispanic ethnicity and gender, 1980–2017

Year Hispanic men All men Hispanic women All women 
1980 81.5% 77.4% 47.5% 51.5%
1981 80.6% 77.0% 48.2% 52.1%
1982 79.8% 76.6% 48.1% 52.6%
1983 80.3% 76.4% 47.7% 52.9%
1984 80.6% 76.4% 49.6% 53.6%
1985 80.4% 76.3% 49.3% 54.5%
1986 81.0% 76.3% 50.1% 55.3%
1987 81.0% 76.2% 52.0% 56.0%
1988 81.9% 76.2% 53.2% 56.6%
1989 82.0% 76.4% 53.5% 57.4%
1990 81.4% 76.4% 53.1% 57.5%
1991 80.3% 75.8% 52.4% 57.4%
1992 80.7% 75.8% 52.8% 57.8%
1993 80.2% 75.6% 52.1% 58.0%
1994 79.2% 75.1% 52.9% 58.8%
1995 79.1% 75.0% 52.6% 59.0%
1996 79.6% 74.9% 53.4% 59.3%
1997 80.2% 75.0% 55.1% 59.8%
1998 79.8% 74.9% 55.6% 59.9%
1999 79.8% 74.7% 55.9% 60.1%
2000 81.5% 74.8% 57.5% 59.9%
2001 81.0% 74.5% 57.6% 59.8%
2002 80.2% 74.1% 57.6% 59.6%
2003 80.1% 73.5% 56.0% 59.5%
2004 80.4% 73.4% 56.1% 59.2%
2005 80.1% 73.3% 55.3% 59.3%
2006 80.7% 73.5% 56.1% 59.4%
2007 80.5% 73.2% 56.5% 59.3%
2008 80.2% 73.0% 56.2% 59.5%
2009 78.8% 72.0% 56.6% 59.2%
2010 77.8% 71.2% 56.5% 58.6%
2011 76.5% 70.5% 55.9% 58.1%
2012 76.1% 70.2% 56.6% 57.7%
2013 76.3% 69.8% 55.7% 57.2%
2014 76.1% 69.2% 56.0% 57.0%
2015 76.3% 69.0% 55.7% 56.7%
2016 76.0% 69.2% 55.8% 56.8%
2017 75.8% 69.1% 56.4% 57.0%

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