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Latinas left Work Force at Maximum Speed, see slow recovery

Latinas have left the workforce at speeds greater than any other demographic and also have experienced some of the maximum unemployment rates during the pandemic, based on a report from the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, a Latino-focused think tank, also given to The Associated Press before its launch on Wednesday.

That may spell trouble not only for a post-pandemic financial recovery but because of its long-term stability of this nation as baby boomers continue to retire and girls generally are feeling pressured to leave job . And girls like Marez, that has employed a lot of her savings, are overlooking years of financial gains.

Ahead of the pandemic, Latinas were estimated to boost their numbers in the workforce by almost 26 percent from 2019 to 2029 -- a greater speed than any other set, the report found. It is uncertain if or how that projection will change.

Marez is not certain what she is likely to do next.

"If I'd return to performing hair, I'd be starting from the start again, actually," she explained. "I was sort of burnt out anyhow and I can not see myself like 45 years old beginning from the start."

Marez is considering going back to college to study Spanish and nutrition, but she is still working out a program.

The UCLA study found that Latinas experienced the maximum unemployment rate -- 20 percent -- of almost any demographic in April 2020, right after each one the company shutdowns started.

Also troubling: the pace at that Latinas dropped from the work force entirely, which the authorities generally believes to be the situation when someone has not actively looked for work within four months.

Participation in the labour force for Latinas aged 25 to 54 dropped from 71 percent pre-pandemic to just under 67 percent in May 2021, according to the most recent available statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Kassandra Hernández, a lead writer on the UCLA report, stated this is vital to the way the market recovers in the pandemic.

"If we do not comprehend the intricacies or the intricacies of the narratives, of what is occurring with Latinas, we may really be set back," Hernández said.

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