Asians and Hispanics find more jobsMarch 21, 2012: 11:05 AM ET
Hispanics experienced only a 2.4% loss in employment during the Great Recession, followed by a 6.5% gain during the recovery, according to a new report from the Pew Hispanic Center.
Asians had a similar experience, with a 2.8% job loss and a 6.8% gain.
Their employment levels are higher now than just before the start of the Great Recession in December 2007.
The picture, however, looks very different for whites and blacks. Whites suffered a 5.9% change in employment during the recession, but only a 1.1% job gain afterward. Blacks saw a 7% decline in employment and a 2.2% gain.
One reason for the vast differences is the swift growth in the immigrant population. Immigrants -- many of whom are Asian or Hispanic -- have enjoyed a faster rate of employment growth than native-born workers.
Each group still suffers from a jobs gap -- the shortfall in employment relative to population. Blacks suffer from the greatest gap: about 12% or 2 million people. The gap for whites is more than 7%, or 7 million, while for Hispanics, it is nearly 6%, or more than 1 million. Asians' gap is 5% or less than a half-million people.