Why You Should Start Learning Spanish


by sterling.simpsonjohnson on Apr 8, 2015 | Views: 121 | Score: 1

The Hispanic population is the largest immigrant pool in the US; as of 2013, Hispanics accounted for about 38% of all immigrants in the US. This group was followed by Filipinos and Indians which accounted for 4.5 and 4.4 percent respectively.

Immigrant Growth% in US by Largest Immigrant Groups of 2013

HispanicPhilippinesIndia
197012.500
198019.93.60
199025.44.60
200034.94.43.3
201039.44.44.5
201338.44.54.9
Years
% of Total US Immigration

Spanish is a great tool to have, because it will likely increase individuals' job prospects. As the Hispanic population continues to grow, so will their contribution to the US economy. If more American's become proficient in Spanish, they can take advantage of these rising opportunities.

Hispanic Contribution to US Labor Force by Percentage

Hispanic Labor Contribution
201515
202020
Year of Statistic
% of Labor Force

Spanish is not only beneficial for the time being but also for the foreseeable future. Mexico currently accounts for the largest group of Hispanic immigrants; in 2013, they accounted for 73% of the total US Hispanic population. Due to NAFTA, (North America Free Trade Agreement), Mexico has particular business ties to the US. The Agreement facilitates trade between both Canada and Mexico- the two largest export partners of the US. As Mexico's economy grows to become the 6th largest economy in the world, its contributions to the US will accordingly increase. This robust growth of Mexico further supports the swelling significance of the Spanish language in the U.S.

Although learning a language can be difficult at first, it can be very rewarding! Although not all areas in the US are equally populated with Hispanics, their population is still vital for the success of the US economy. Given the trending growth Hispanics, their language will not only be great to know for recreational purposes but also for your future job qualifications and promotions.

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Peter Graham
Peter Graham on Apr 12, 2015 8:24 PM said:

Great charts! Besides, learning a new language really gives you a more global perspective and has shown to promote brain health!