Employment Growth Since 2000 Has Gone to Immigrants

June 30, 2014

Immigrants -- both legal and illegal -- have been the recipients of the entire net employment growth in the United States since 2000, reports National Review.

According to a new study from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), 127,000 fewer working-age, native Americans were employed in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000. The number of immigrants with a job, on the other hand, was 5.7 million above the level in 2000.

According to the study:

  • The labor force participation rate for native-born Americans has steadily declined alongside the employment rate.
  • Immigrants have made gains in low-skilled jobs (such as maintenance and construction), middle-skilled jobs (such as office support) and higher-skilled jobs (from health care to management and computer work).
  • A staggering 8.7 million native college graduates are out of work, while 17 million adults with some college are not working and 25.3 million with only a high school diploma are not working.

The study's authors write that the data challenges the argument that immigration tends to increase job opportunities for natives, as native-born employment has fallen significantly over the last decade and a half, during which time 17 million immigrants arrived in the United States.

Source: "Study: All Employment Growth Since 2000 Went to Immigrants," National Review, June 26, 2014.

 

 

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