Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Hiring illegal immigrants instead of American teens

Charles V. Zehren:

The uncomfortable reality, as Andrew Sum sees it, is that there's a direct link between the steep national decline in teen employment rates and the growing practice of businesses hiring illegal immigrants and paying them off the books.

Sum is the director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University and lead author of a widely cited nationwide study projecting teen employment will continue to fall, with a drop to 36.7 percent this summer from 45 percent in 2000. That puts it at or near its lowest level since the data series began in 1948, despite a strengthening economy and improving overall labor market.

"The immigrant increase in employment is overwhelming. Every net new job created is taken by an immigrant. I know that's shocking, but that's the truth," Sum said offering his sober assessment. "It happened in Massachusetts and New York in the 1990s, and now its happening in the country as a whole."

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At 7:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is something everyone has observed. I think it one sense it is true that fast food has in some ways become a 'job Americans won't do', simply because your average teen does not want to be associated with a lot of rather uncool, ignorant Mexicans.

At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it one sense it is true that fast food has in some ways become a 'job Americans won't do'

I don't think it is really a matter of it being a job that Americans won't do but the fact that illegal immigrants will usually work for a lot less money than the average American. Americans are being priced out of the job market by illegal immigrants.

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