A study by Language Line Services shows Spanish required the most interpreters in 20 of the largest markets nationwide, but the fastest-growing language, at least in Jacksonville, Fla., is Haitian, reports the Jacksonville Business Journal.
Language Line Services, the nation’s largest over-the-phone interpretation company, released its quarterly Interpreter Demand Index for the fourth quarter of 2011 this week. The number of requests for Haitian interpreters increased 149 percent in Jacksonville vs. the fourth quarter a year ago. The report tracks phone calls nationwide in the healthcare and government sectors in more than 170 languages.
“Communities across the country are experiencing historic demographic and cultural shifts,” said Louis F. Provenzano, Jr., president & CEO of Language Line Services.