Immigrants, both legal and illegal, have gained 656,000 jobs since June 2009

October 31, 2010 § 5 Comments

Javier Gonzalez believes he would have a job today were it not for illegal immigration. “I think that illegal immigrants do take jobs away from native workers, especially out here in the Bay Area,” said the 43-year-old son of Mexican immigrants. “I’m unemployed, but I shouldn’t have to be. I’m from the area. I was born here and I can’t get a job here.” For the jobless, especially those who work in the trades, the thought of competing against an illegal work force of undocumented immigrants can be a sore point. Labor market economists have long differed about whether such fears are grounded in reality. But a study released Friday by the Pew Hispanic Center adds fuel to the fire, finding that as the economy slowly recovers, foreign-born workers are taking up jobs faster than their native-born counterparts. Immigrants, both legal and illegal, have gained 656,000 jobs since June 2009, the month that federal economists consider to be the end of the Great Recession. Native-born workers lost 1.2 million jobs in the same period of economic recovery, according to the report. “There are some reasonable explanations,” said Rakesh Kochhar, associate research director of the nonpartisan think tank. “I think the main one would be that the recession started earlier for foreign-born workers. They were hit hard earlier in the recession. Now, it seems they are bouncing back quicker.” The study does not distinguish between legal and illegal immigrants because such data is not available, but unauthorized workers are undoubtedly a big part of the picture, Kochhar said. (mercury news)

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§ 5 Responses to Immigrants, both legal and illegal, have gained 656,000 jobs since June 2009

  • Jen says:

    That’s the disadvantage of illegal immigrants for the native workers. The job that supposed to be for the legitimate residents was given to the immigrants. It’s really unfavorable thing for them.

  • Jessey says:

    It is really a big lost for the native-born worker. But that’s life, you need to be practical in able to live. I also understand why there are people immigrate to other country. For them, it’s the only way to give their family a better future.

  • Noel says:

    Yes, it is a big lost for the native-born workers but come to think of it! Companies and employers should be extra careful on selecting people that will take part on their institution. I think those foreign workers are more good and skilled than any other applicants.

  • Kyla says:

    Some employers were accepting applicants regardless of the race. Let us not be inpatient in these things because you may not be aware of the company’s requirements. It is better sure that you must be more competitive than any other job dwellers.

  • “The study does not distinguish between legal and illegal immigrants because such data is not available”

    This is the real issue with this report. Certain studies do not accurately report the specifics of “illegal” v. “legal.”

    Harlan York, Esq. ImmigrationLawNJ.com
    60 Park Pl Ste 1010 Newark NJ 07102 973.642.1111.

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