Updated: Oct 20, 2021
The changes in California due to the increase in the Latino population are undeniable.
LONG BEACH— Sometimes we have heard around us the success stories of Latino families who arrived two generations ago from Mexico and did all kinds of work to give their children a better chance and be able to send them to university.
With great efforts they managed to get their children into university (e.g., Domínguez Hills University), that second generation that had access to study, better job opportunities and even that they formed their own companies and now have university children as well.
Over the years these families were improving their position and south Los Angeles and other popular areas moved more exclusive areas. In many cases they were the first Latinos in the area and now there are some other Latino families. These stories represent the common dream of every immigrant in California. But it's far from the reality for all Latinos today, who according to the U.S. Census Bureau have become the largest ethnic group in California.
Greater access to education and fewer poor Latinos.
“According to census data, Latinos make up half of California's youth under the age of 18, and now number 4.7 million compared to 2.4 million whites. ”
This makes us reflect on the great advances of some Latinos, but also on the great inequality gap that many families still face. The Latino community has a lower income, less access to education, and less job training than most white people in California.
The large number of Latino populations is just the watershed of the demographic changes that will come in the near future. According to census data, Latinos make up half of California's youth under the age of 18, and now number 4.7 million compared to 2.4 million whites.
This last generation of younger Latinos has a great opportunity to reduce the backlog in the community as many achieve greater achievements than their parents.
Last year a study found that second-generation Mexican Americans in California and Texas have achieved more than their parents. They have better educational levels, a higher income and lower levels of poverty, and they have a greater chance of acquiring property than their immigrant parents had.
Big Changes in California Culture
Unprecedentedly, the increase in the Latino population has made California the most diverse state in U.S. history. Latino growth has a major impact on many areas such as state policy, schools, the economy and neighborhoods.
Many Latinos cannot vote so their political influence is not "visible," but their community is so great that their influence is felt beyond the polling stations and they are still drivers of change in the community.
The great influence from Latino consumers has also attracted attention as businesses such as Target Corp., Walmart, among others promote campaigns to attract them. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, the purchasing power of Latinos nationwide has increased from $700 billion in 2000 to $1.5 trillion in 2018.
“This is where companies like us, Safety Si! We play a fundamental role in bilingual training...”
Currently one in five Americans is of Latino origin, and if we focus on Southern California this proportion increases even more, this means that the vast majority of industrial, agricultural and construction companies are completely bicultural companies because of their predominantly Latino workforce and this is a bald factor.
This is where companies like us, Safety Si! We play a fundamental role in bilingual training for all that workforce that in the eyes of very few perform their work day by day, is a workforce often invisible without access to many opportunities.
The great challenge is to sensitize companies that invest in the training of their workers, not only to comply with the requirements of OSHA or other organizations, but also to invest in the training and training of the soft skills of their workers that in the long term will be a profitable investment in better workers, better quality of life and companies with better results.
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