Path Forward Recognizes Hispanics in Restaurants and Retail During Hispanic Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Path Forward Coalition is recognizing the Hispanic community which represents a significant portion of service industry workers at all levels.

“Diversity is one of the true strengths of the service industry, as Hispanics play a strong role in restaurant and retail businesses across the country,” said Path Forward spokesperson Jamie Rhoades. “Path Forward is proud to be a part of this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration to honor the invaluable contributions that Hispanics have made to the service sector at varying stages of their careers. Whether through first job experiences, mid-career employment opportunities to learn new skills, or flexible options for individuals to continue working later in life, the service industry has been an important place for Hispanics to learn, grow and succeed.”

Retail and restaurant businesses across the country are committed to supporting Hispanics as leaders in the workforce, whether in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, or through ongoing programs that foster employee growth and development. In fact, according to a 2015 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 16.8 percent of those employed in retail are Hispanic, more than any other minority. Additionally, according to U.S. Census data, one quarter of the restaurant industry workforce is Hispanic, serving in various roles from entry-level to management to ownership.

Path Forward is a project of the National Retail Federation and the National Restaurant Association that serves as a voice for hundreds of thousands of job-creating businesses across the country that are invested in providing workers a path forward to new opportunities. For more information about Path Forward, visit and follow us on Twitter @PathFwdWork.