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Latino Education and Economic Progress

Running Faster but Still Behind

Posted: October 13, 2017
Authors: Anthony P. Carnevale, Megan L. Fasules
Organizations: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

New report on Latino educational and economic progress finds that Latinos have gained ground but still lag behind Whites and Blacks. Latino Education and Economic Progress: Running Faster but Still Behind reveals that Latinos have become stuck in the middle- and low-wage tiers of the labor market.

Earning a four-year college degree remains a challenge for Latinos: only 21 percent of Latinos have a Bachelor’s degree compared to 45 percent of Whites. Even when Latinos obtain college degrees, they are less likely to work in college jobs.   

Other key findings include:

  • Latina women have higher completion rates compared to Latino men at every level of postsecondary education.
  • While Latinos with high college admissions test scores enroll in college at the same rates as Whites, only 63 percent of Latinos complete a degree or other credential compared to 78 percent of high-scoring Whites.
  • Only 34 percent of foreign-born Latinos have attained some postsecondary education compared to 61 percent of native-born Latinos.
  • Latinos who speak only English earn $41,000 annually on average, which is lower than Whites’ earnings ($50,000) but higher than Blacks’ earnings ($38,000).


Watch animated video about the findings

Explore an interactive data tool

Latino Education and Economic Progress