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 Jonathan J. Higuera

Happy Birthday, iPhone

BRIEFCASE BRIEFS How low can you go Hispanic wealth American Community Survey Those of us who grew up without cell phones, TV-on-demand, computers, iPads, and the like, may get nostalgic from time to time about the good old days. But, let’s face it, life without a smartphone and the Internet would be a lot more […]




 Jonathan J. Higuera

How low can you go

BRIEFCASE BRIEFS Happy Birthday, iPhone Hispanic wealth American Community Survey Phoenix may have taken it on the chin during the housing crash and subsequent recession but one need look no further than Stockton, California, to get an idea of how bad it could have been. In June, Stockton became the largest city ever to file […]




 Jonathan J. Higuera

Hispanic wealth

BRIEFCASE BRIEFS Happy Birthday, iPhone How low can you go American Community Survey Relying largely on data from the American Community Survey, the Pew Hispanic Center has released a study examining economic, demographic and educational characteristics of the U.S. Hispanic population from 2000 to 2010. It found that while Hispanics have made gains in educational […]




 Jonathan J. Higuera

American Community Survey

BRIEFCASE BRIEFS Happy Birthday, iPhone How low can you go Hispanic wealth The American Community Survey (ACS) is the Census Bureau’s annual study of U.S. socioeconomic conditions. Data from the 21-page questionnaire are used to help the government best determine how to distribute federal assistance dollars, including Medicaid benefits and federal grants to states and […]




 Jonathan J. Higuera

The cost of getting educated

BRIEFCASE BRIEFS Income inequality Housing: Two steps forward, one step back From the “tell me something I don’t already know” department, the federal government reports that the unemployment rate for college-educated workers is dropping, while the trend is going in the other direction for those with only a high school diploma. The Bureau of Labor […]




 Jonathan J. Higuera

Income inequality

BRIEFCASE BRIEFS The cost of getting educated Housing: Two steps forward, one step back The U.S. is well on its way to becoming a majority-minority country within three decades, according to federal government projections. Non-white populations are growing in size and scope every year. However, this expanding representation is not reflected in their share of […]




 Jonathan J. Higuera

Housing: Two steps forward, one step back

BRIEFCASE BRIEFS The cost of getting educated Income inequality With “National Home Ownership Month” ending in June, it is a propos to deliver some housing news from our dear city and state. Unfortunately, the news has not been particularly rosy the last couple of years. Let’s share the good news first. Arizona home prices experienced […]




 Jonathan J. Higuera

We love our mobile phones

Latinos will spend $17.6 billion on mobile gadgets this year




 Jonathan J. Higuera

Phoenix chapter of LATISM holds first meeting

BRIEFCASE BRIEFS We love our mobile phones Summer youth jobs City of Phoenix goes local first Latinos’ embrace of social media is evident in the growth of the group, Latinos in Social Media, which goes by the acronym, LATISM. The national group has more than 140,000 members in its network and now has a Phoenix […]




 Jonathan J. Higuera

Summer youth jobs

BRIEFCASE BRIEFS We love our mobile phones Phoenix chapter of LATISM holds first meeting City of Phoenix goes local first Some may remember their first job, whether it was landscaping for an uncle or flipping burgers at McDonald’s. These days, even those jobs can be hard to come by for America’s youth. Among the battered […]