Tens of thousands of Hispanic immigrants are leaving the US as out-of-work Americans compete with them for manual labor jobs, the Wall Street Journal reports. Even farms, which once struggled to fill positions, are turning people away because white and black Americans need work. "There is definitely a lot of talk about leaving" among Latinos, said the manager of a Los Angeles job center. "People are on their last hope."
The jobless rate for Latino immigrants is up about 2% since last year, and would be higher if more stayed in the US. In this year’s third quarter, 71.3% of Latino immigrant workers were employed or looking for work, a 1.1% drop from a year earlier. That “marks a substantial decrease in the labor-market participation of Latino immigrants,” said one economist.