Jobs Move From Native-Born to Immigrants Since Recession's End, Poll Says

Almost 2 million jobs have moved to immigrants from U.S.-born workers since the most recent recession officially ended 16 months ago, according to a poll released Friday.

U.S. born workers have lost about 1.2 million jobs since the recession officially ended in June 2009, while foreign-born workers gained 656,000 jobs, Pew Research center said, citing a poll of about 55,000 households jointly conducted with the Census and U.S. Labor Department. As a result, the unemployment rate for foreign-born workers, which was about even with their native U.S. counterparts during the recession, is now 8.7%, or about one percentage point less than U.S.-born workers, according to the survey.

The gains suggest that immigrants are slowly chipping away at an unemployment rate that more than doubled between 2007 and 2009, partially because of the lower wages they command, on average. Average weekly wages for foreign-born workers have dropped 4.5% in the past year while remaining little-changed for U.S.-born employees, according to Pew Research.

Immigrants account for 16% of the U.S. labor force, up from about 10% in 1995, according to Pew Research.

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I applied for a dump truck driver job here in Chicago. The white owner of the company said, "Why should I hire you to work for $10.00 an hour when I can get a Wet Back for $5.00
." I am not angry with the undocumented worker I am angry at this unscrupulous Proud Anglo American that would rather break the law and take advantage of his workers than pay and honest wage. It is not the undocumented workers that are hurting the country it is the Greedy Owners like this Proud Anglo American. All of you other Proud Anglo Americans that are making yourself feel better by saying disparaging things about undocumented immigrants need to take a real good look at yourselves. Are you spouting this hatred because you are upset about the supposed loss of jobs or are you spewing your garbage because you are intolerant racist?

February 05 2011 at 5:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

thank you bush and obama for this many more americans will loose their job for more votes. put the troops on the border. how many americans will die for the sake of votes? shame on dems and repubs. number one job of a president is to keep us safe. so far-all get an F.

October 30 2010 at 6:59 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

The difference is that non native workers are willing to do the jobs that Americans are too good to do. They do not expect three or more weeks of sick and vacation pay each year, plus a 40 hour work week. They are simmply glad for the job. My experience as a dairy farmer (we don't even have a large farm, just needed one employee so that I could spend more time with my children, while my husband works 18 hour days) has led me to see the difference in type of employees. Non native workers will ask: how can I help you? instead of an American who views his job and employer as "what can you do for me?"

October 30 2010 at 6:27 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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October 30 2010 at 7:01 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Yeah I saw the ad where the chicken processing company was required to pay more money to Hire Americans than they had been paying the undocumented workers. This again is not a case of undocumented workers taking American Jobs it is a case of An American Company choosing to hire at less wages instead of proper wages and screwing both American and the Undocumented workers. The only reason that 400 Americans applied for the jobs is because the company had offered a hire wage. You don't think the same number of Americans would have applied if they were still paying 6.25 an hour do you?

February 05 2011 at 5:51 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I think what this article says, in so many words is that - ILLEGAL INVADERS (Immigrants) are snatching the jobs away from American Citizens! What a crock our LOUSY government is to allow this to continue!!!!! Deport them and make the jobs available for OUR U.S. Citizens!!!

October 30 2010 at 5:51 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I have been out of work for a year now had serveral interviews.Still no job Had worked the last 30y straight .... I'm A white middle class american. Still no job.. Everywhere i go apply THey seem to be hiring the immigrants first...... So thank you to all you immigrants. So who ever says there work show me the way cause im still looking everyday. I'm even going for the low end jobs and still no job.

October 30 2010 at 5:25 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Are the people who have NO unemployment COUNTED????? Or who have run out of them being counted?? Strange I know no one who has gotten a job. I see them struggling and using everything they have to try and keep all they have acquired. If this isn't a depression, WHAT IS??? Immigrants are okay if they are LEGAL!!! We have to stop giving our country away. I look at Arizona, and California struggling, NY at 2%(9?), are you living in a dream????? There are people out here with no food, no jobs and no HOPE!! Where are you living????

October 30 2010 at 4:43 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

The US is a better place and that's why they come here and work. Our 10% unemployment is really about 2%. The others are criminals, coach potato diabetics, and lazy unemployment lampreys. There are a lot of opportunities out there, and the rich are getting richer, as are the immigrants, because they are working. The "middle class" has become fat, dumb and lazy. It is The United States, and they have that right. They even have the right to complain. I would rather pay the lower taxes to raise two immigrants children that will work, than to pay taxes for the Social Security disability benefits for one fat lazy diabetic parasite. Think abaout it.

October 30 2010 at 4:02 AM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
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October 30 2010 at 7:03 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

your a sorry a**

October 30 2010 at 11:55 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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It is hard to believe the recession is behind us when; 1) jobs losses have not been regained, 2) lower wages have not been restored, 3) furloughs are still in effect 4) employees who have pick up the slack are getting paid the same or less 5) taxes are higher, gas is higher, food costs more, so why does the media keep telling us we are on the mend when the numbers in polls and surveys are much like the one shown here insulting our intelligence by stating immigrant unemployment indicates recovery? What about the hundreds of thousands of skilled workers who have now lost jobs, houses, and the like or the highly educated that are reduced to working in minimum paying jobs who also never regained their losses? Yet we continue to hear things are better, yes for who?

October 30 2010 at 3:24 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

Asian Lawyers are breaking the laws trying to get their clients under the door.

October 30 2010 at 2:44 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

No surpise their using visa workers who bring their relatives to work here and other chain immigration to diplace US citizens in the work place violating US law

October 30 2010 at 2:42 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply