Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
As of 2011 there were 18.2 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, or AAPI, living in the United States, accounting for 5.8 percent of the nation’s population. The population is ethnically and economically diverse, and represents a wide range of the socioeconomic spectrum, as demonstrated by the varied poverty rates among individual ethnic groups and the disparities in health care coverage and education. Nationally, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have one of the lowest short-term unemployment rates, but also one of the highest long-term unemployment rates. As one of the fastest-growing racial groups in the country, it is vital that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are provided the resources and opportunities needed for the U.S. economy to grow and in order to rebuild shared economic prosperity.