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Immigrants account for all job gains since 2000, native-born workers’ employment has fallen

Posted on 06-Jul-2013. Updated on 05-Sep-2013.
Topics: Effects of Immigration on American Workers  

Immigrants — both legal and illegal — have accounted for all of the job gains in the U.S. labor market since 2000, according to a report that highlights the stiff competition for jobs in a tight economy as Congress debates adding more workers to the mix.

The Center for Immigration Studies report, which is being released Wednesday, says 22.4 million immigrants of working age held jobs at the beginning of this year, up 5.3 million over the total in 2000. But native-born workers with jobs dropped 1.3 million over that same period, from 114.8 million to 113.5 million.

Meanwhile, the number of Americans who aren’t in the labor force at all has jumped by almost 13 million to reach 48.6 million — a finding the report’s authors say signals profound changes in the American job market and challenges conventional wisdom that immigration is good for the economy.


[1] "Immigrants account for all job gains since 2000: native-born workers’ employment has fallen", Stephan Dinan, The Washington Times, 3-July-2013

[2] "Immigrant Gains and Native Losses In the Job Market, 2000 to 2013", Steven A. Camarota and Karen Zeigler July 2013, Center for Immigration Studies, July 2013

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