restricted access Foreign-born Latino Labor Market Concentration in Six Metropolitan Areas in the U.S. South

Compared to established immigration gateways, we know relatively little about foreign-born Latino labor market experiences in new immigration destinations. This study’s objective is to examine labor market experiences of the foreign-born Hispanic labor force in five southern metropolitan statistical areas as relatively new Latino destinations, compared to Miami as an established gateway. Utilizing data from the 2006–2010 American Community Survey, this study examines foreign-born Latino labor market concentration patterns and associated characteristics. Results indicate high concentrations of foreign-born Latinos in generally low-skill, low-wage industries such as construction, restaurants, building services, and landscaping across nearly all MSAs. While education, English proficiency, and length of time in the U.S. are significantly associated with these patterns, newer Latino immigration destinations demonstrate higher levels of industrial concentration.