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LA Daily News: Southern California #Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders See Huge Spike in Poverty & Unemployment


economyA new report out has found Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Los Angeles County are among the hardest hit by the recession, reports the LA Daily News.

The study from Asian Americans Advancing Justice concluded Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians are second only to Native Americans as the group with the biggest jump in poverty and unemployment from 2007 to 2011.



Increase in Poverty 2007 -2011

Asian Americans    Up 20%

Pacific Islanders     Up 84%

Whites                         Up 14%

LA County                 Up 11%
  Increase in Unemployment 2007 -2011

Asian Americans    Up 89%

Pacific Islanders     Up 111%

Latinos                        Up 88%

Blacks                           Up 54%

LA County                 Up 79%

“(For) Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders, the poverty level is still at a very high level — over 25 percent. What is also alarming is that there’s a rapid increase in unemployment and poverty in the overall Asian American community,” said Stewart Kwoh, of Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

You can read more about population swings in the Los Angeles County Asian American Pacific Islander communities plus where the largest concentration of poverty are in the LA Daily News.




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