Friday, October 22, 2004

A Jobless Recovery? Study Finds Immigrants Gained Jobs While Natives Lost Them

WASHINGTON (October 2004) -- A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies calls into question the wisdom of proposals from both presidential candidates to give amnesty to illegal aliens and to increase immigration levels still further.

The report, ''A Jobless Recovery? Immigrant Gains and Native Losses,'' finds that all of the job losses during the current economic downturn have been absorbed by native-born workers. In contrast, the number of immigrants holding jobs actually increased dramatically between 2000 and 2004. Based on Census Bureau data, the report also finds that those areas of the country with the largest influx of immigrants tend to have the largest native job losses. Detailed employment information for a number of states and metropolitan areas is also provided.

''A Jobless Recovery? Immigrant Gains and Native Losses'' is embargoed until Wednesday, October 27 at 9 a.m. The study will be available in its entirety on line at

Dr. Steven Camarota, the Center's Director of Research and the report's author, will conduct a briefing about his findings on Wednesday, October 27, at 9 a.m. at the Center's Washington offices, located at 1522 K St. NW, Suite 820. The briefing is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Camarota at (202) 466-8185 or

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