Latinos are growing impressively in both demographic and economic strength in the New York region, but policy makers and school officials need to better address the learning and job training needs of Hispanic students, according to a new report issued by The Hispanic Federation and Nielsen.

Some 34% of Latinos over the age of 25 in New York City lack a high school diploma, according to the report, which overall paints a portrait of a diverse, dynamic ethnicity filled with tech-savvy strivers and "Latte-tinos" while "urban abuelitos" and more recent immigrants with little English are left behind.

Among the report's findings:

Latinos number more than 2.4 million and account for one-fourth of NYC's population. While Puerto Ricans are still the dominant Latino group in the Tri-state region (31% of the total), two in five Latinos are either Dominican, Mexican or Ecuadorian.

The percentage of Latino college grads in the NYC area is much higher than the national average: Nearly 16% of Latinos in the region are college grads and 22% have either attended college or are earning an associate's degree.

Nearly one-third of young Latinos in urban areas are either high or middle income earners. But nearly 19% of all Latino households in the region earn less that $15,000 a year and Latinos are still disproportionately represented in the region's lowest income levels.

While Latinos are continuing to hold their numbers in traditional strongholds such as the Bronx, the Hispanic population is growing most rapidly in New York's far flung commuting outposts, such as Fairfield County in Connecticut and Rockland County.

While younger, lower-income Latinos in urban and dense suburbs report radio as the prime source of entertainment, reality TV is popular among all Latinos, regardless of income.

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