Latinas have left the U.S. workforce at rates higher than any other demographic and have struggled through some of the highest unemployment rates throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released Wednesday by the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative.
The report says that, before the pandemic, the number of Latinas in the U.S. labor force was projected to grow by 25.8% from 2019 to 2029 – higher than any other group. But “hyper-segregation” in low-paying jobs vulnerable to pandemic-induced shutdowns, such as leisure and hospitality, along with a lack of access to education and training opportunities caused disproportionate job losses for Latinas, the report says.
Disproportionate family-care obligations combined with the lack of support for childcare and the closure of schools and daycare centers forced Latinas to stop looking for work, the report says. All these issues, it says, “will prevent them from re-entering the labor force in the future unless conditions significantly change.”
The European Union is expected to recommend that member countries start lifting restrictions on tourists from the United States. EU members agreed Wednesday to add the United States to the list of countries from which restrictions on nonessential travel should be lifted.
The move was adopted during a meeting in Brussels of permanent representatives to the 27-nation bloc. The recommendation is non-binding, and national governments have authority to require test results or vaccination records and to set other entry conditions.