Labor Day: Thanking Hispanics

In holiday on September 6, 2010 at 4:06 am

It’s Labor Day weekend a sure sign summer is winding down. It also means NFL games are here, there’s a new school year, we’ll have new fall programming but most importantly it gives everyone living in America a weekend to have some rest and relaxation from working all year round.

But in a time when the unemployment rate is higher than ever with more than 14 million Americans without a job, I wonder if this Labor Day holiday has the same significance and effect than it used to a few years ago?

When it comes specifically to Hispanics, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics we are the ethnicity that is mostly affected by unemployment with a 12% unemployment rate after Blacks.

And while this may seem alarming it can’t discount the rest of Hispanics in the U.S. that make this country what it is today.  Through hard work and dedication Hispanics have truly impacted many of the professions that are at the core of this country. And they run the gamut from blue collar to white collar where we are represented in every corner of this country; from construction to hospitality, from food services to banking, from marketing to politics.

That is why this blog post is less about focusing on the sad state of affairs that this Great Recession has brought on to us but rather on a celebratory effort to thank the hard work of Hispanics.

While this might not be the easiest times to go after our dreams, we (Hispanics) are known for being resourceful “recursivos” and therefore won’t lose sight of our optimism that ensures there is light at the end of this tunnel.

So regardless of your employment status, this weekend symbolically celebrates your hard work whether at home, or at the office or place of work. And for that I say, Happy Labor Day.

  1. I thank you for appreciating my hard work as a Latina professional and mom on this Labor Day, hee hee. And thank you for working so hard on this blog to bring us your unique perspective al estilo latino.

  2. Thanks Mariella it’s always my pleasure to provide a perspective that can inform and entertain through this blog. Thanks again for the follow!

  3. Great blog post!!! I appreciate being positive in the light of adversity.

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