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Good News on the Job Front is a Nice Start . . . But Not Enough
Good news about job losses, decreasing only 11,000 in November, brightened the U.S. economic outlook. It was about time. The destruction of jobs caused by the Great Recession may have peaked, given the declining trend, in unemployment. During this year´s first quarter, monthly job losses reached 645,000; they subsequently decreased to 357,000 in the second quarter and to 188,000 in the third quarter.

In 1992, Elias Provencio-Vasquez became the first Hispanic male in U.S. history to earn a doctoral degree in nursing. This week, he achieved another first. After a national search, The University of Texas at El Paso appointed Provencio-Vasquez as the dean of the School of Nursing, university officials announced Monday. Provencio-Vasquez is the first Hispanic male in the United States to assume such a position.

The Hispanic Business 500 has served as a barometer of the U.S. Hispanic economy for more than 25 years. We believe that applying our criteria on a statewide level can yield interesting results for our readers. Here, we take a closer look at the HB 500 companies in Illinois.

The U.S. government will start using Predator drones -- the same unmanned aircraft used for military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq -- to monitor the Mexican border for illegal immigrants trying to cross into California.

HispanTelligence Research
For more than two decades, the annual Hispanic Business 500 directory has served as a barometer of the U.S. Hispanic economy. A purchase of the 2009 directory provides the top 500 Hispanic-owned companies list in Excel format including: CEO names; company addresses and telephone numbers; e-mail addresses for 310 companies and Web addresses for 456 companies; and company revenue and employees numbers for 2008 and 2007.

Hispanics are now the largest ethnic minority in the United States and during the past decade, U.S. Hispanic purchasing power has rapidly increased. This report takes an in depth look at how today's Hispanic Economy is transitioning into an economic power in the U.S. Click here for the executive summary and table of contents!

The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States is expected to grow 41.8 percent in the next six years to 4.3 million, with total revenues surging 39 percent to more than $539 billion, according to new estimates by HispanTelligence. Spurred by growing entrepreneurial trends and affluence among the nation's largest minority population, the increase is expected to come at a robust rate of 8.5 and 8.7 percent, respectfully, over the next couple years.

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