Latinos’ Economic Power, By The Numbers
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As a group, U.S. Latinos had a gross domestic product, or GDP, of $2.6 trillion in 2018 – the eighth largest in the world if Latinos were an independent country.
That’s according to the 2020 LDC GDP report, the centerpiece of L’Attitude, a four-day national business conference featuring high profile business leaders such as John Donahoe, CEO and president of Nike, Tony Vinciquerra, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures, and Almar Latour, CEO of Dow Jones and Publisher of the Wall Street.
Soloman D. Trujillo, one of the founders of L’Attitude, said researchers specifically chose to focus on the GDP because it is used worldwide to demonstrate a country’s economic health.
Led by the non-profit Latino Donor Collaborative, researchers from California Lutheran University and the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine prepared the 40-page GDP report that also focused on the rapid growth of the U.S. Latino cohort.
Just consider these facts:
- In 2018, the GDP of the U.S Latinos grew 30% faster than China’s GDP and 22% faster than India’s GDP.
- The U.S. Latino GDP grew 8.7% between 2017 and 2018 - more than four and a half times than the growth of non-Latino GDP.
- The U.S. Latino GDP has increased steadily since 2010 when it was $1.7 trillion to $2.1 trillion in 2015 and $2.31 trillion in 2017.
Latinos are spending more, earning better wages and salaries and more of them are obtaining college degrees
“Whereas the U.S. had average wage and salary growth of just 5.1% over the previous five years, wage and salary growth for Latinos averaged 8.6%. And from 2010 to 2018 the growth in those with a bachelor’s degree or higher was 2.6 times more rapid for Latinos than non-latinos.”
Another indicator of the economic impact of the Latino cohort is the number if Latino households, which grew 23.2% between 2010 and 2018 compared to 3.8% for non-Latino households, according to the report.
Latino households are large, multi-generational and growing steadily over the last decade. Most importantly, Latino population is young with a median age of 29 in 2018 vs 40.6 to non-Latinos. And this, according to the report, will be the key to revitalizing the U.S. economy.
“Latinos are adding substantial numbers of people to the critical category of working age adults.”
Even as Covid-19 has hit Latino households hard with many experiencing high unemployment rates and struggling to pay the bills, researchers of the GDP report pointed to the intangibles they believe will help the Latino cohort continue to be the key to restoring the U.S. economy.
“The hard work and persistence of U.S. Latinos is not only an engine of economic growth, it is an antidote to long term demographic challenges confronting the nation.”
The report continues saying “it is a bright spot during an extraordinary year of economic upheaval resulting from the global coronavirus pandemic.”