The purpose of the event was to uplift the more than half-a-million Hispanics living in Greater Sacramento. During the event, the SACHCC released an inaugural regional Hispanic Economic Report. The report summarizes the employment, educational, and socioeconomic status of Hispanic people, as well as racial economic inequalities.
The Institute for Social Research and Center for Business Analytics at Sacramento State analyzed data from the U.S. Census and several state agencies. The research team also collaborated with the SACHCC to conduct interviews with community members. Researchers looked at eight economic domains to set the foundation for future reports: Population, Income, Education, Digital Access, Employment, Socio-Economic Status, Impact of COVID, Hispanic profiles.
Researchers looked at six counties, including Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba. They found Hispanics are more likely to lack health insurance coverage, live at or below the poverty line, and receive SNAP benefits than other ethnic groups. The data also showed that Hispanics were more likely to work jobs that could not be completed remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, like farming and construction.
SACHCC is the first Hispanic chamber in the state to conduct such an in-depth economic study.