Latino joblessness

Only 11 states have a large enough Hispanic population to enable statisticians and economists to judge how the recession is affecting unemployment for Latinos. Some of the states are obvious -- New York, Texas, California. But New Jersey is among those 11, according to the Economic Policy Institute, an economic think tank in Washington tapped by President Obama. The institute slices and dices employment numbers using census data and information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the first quarter, according to their analysis, the unemployment rate reached 7.9 percent in New Jersey. The Hispanic workforce fared the worst with 14 percent unemployment, outstripping African-Americans who were unemployed at a rate of 10.1 percent. Whites had a 6.5 percent unemployment rate. The institute's report was released Wednesday.