Monday, April 27, 2009

Immigrant Unemployment at Record High

27 Apr 2009 06:00 Africa/Lagos

Immigrant Unemployment at Record High

Rate now exceeds native-born, a change from recent past

WASHINGTON, April 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies finds immigrant unemployment (legal and illegal) was higher in the first quarter of 2009 than at any time since 1994, when immigrants were first separated out in the monthly data. This represents a change from the recent past when native-born Americans tended to have higher unemployment rates. The findings show that immigrants have been harder hit by the recession than natives. Although data on immigrants is collected, it is generally not published by the government. This report is one of the few to examine this data.

The report, entitled Trends in Immigrant and Native Employment is embargoed until Wednesday midnight, for publication on Thursday, April, 30. Advance copies are available to the media. The study will be available online at:

The report also contains employment data for Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington State.

The report is coauthored by Dr. Steven Camarota, the Director of Research at the Center for Immigration Studies and Karen Jensenius a Research Demographer at the Center.

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

The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent research institute

that examines the impact of immigration on the United States.

Source: Center for Immigration Studies

CONTACT: Steven Camarota, +1-202-466-8185,

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