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New Reports Reveal Immigration Does Not Increase Unemployment

Debunking a simplistic myth propagated by anti-immigration activists.


By Walter Ewing, Immigration Impact
Posted on May 20, 2009, Printed on May 21, 2009
http://www.alternet.org/bloggers/http://immigrationimpact.com//140147/

Two new reports prepared for the IPC by the consulting firm Rob Paral & Associates debunk the simplistic myth propagated by anti-immigration activists that immigrants fill U.S. jobs only at the expense of unemployed native-born workers. The reports use data from the Census Bureau to demonstrate that there is no discernible relationship whatsoever between the number of recent immigrants in a particular locale and the unemployment rate among native-born whites, blacks, Latinos, or Asians. This holds true even now, at a time of economic recession and high unemployment.



These reports are the first two installments of a three-part series, Untying the Knot, which seeks to unravel the complex and frequently misrepresented relationship between immigration and unemployment. The first report, “The Unemployment and Immigration Disconnect,” analyzes the relationship (or lack thereof) between recent immigration and the general unemployment rate in different regions, states, and counties. The report finds that areas with high unemployment rates do not necessarily have large numbers of recent immigrants. For instance, recent immigrants are 7.3% of the population in New Jersey and only 0.8% of the population in Maine, yet unemployment rates are nearly identical in both states. On average, counties with lower unemployment rates have larger populations of recent immigrants.





The second report, “Immigration and Native-Born Unemployment Across Racial/Ethnic Groups,” analyzes the relationship between recent immigration and unemployment among native-born whites, blacks, Latinos, and Asians in different states and metropolitan areas. According to the report, the unemployment rate among African Americans is, on average, lower in states and metropolitan areas with the most recent immigrants in the labor force. For example, recent immigrants are 17% of the labor force in Miami and only 3% of the labor force in Cleveland, yet the unemployment rate of native-born blacks in Cleveland is double that of Miami. Rob Paral, Principal of Rob Paral & Associates, points out:



 





“On the question of race we find that there’s just no connection between immigration and unemployment. The culprit when it comes to unemployment is not immigration.”





Among serious immigration researchers, these findings should come as little surprise. Immigrants go where the jobs are, and the causes of unemployment among the native-born are far too complicated to be reduced to some simple-minded “immigrant vs. native” arithmetic. In addition, employment is not a zero-sum game in which workers compete for some fixed number of jobs. In the real world, workers don’t just fill jobs, but also buy homes and consumer goods, save and invest money, start businesses, and pay taxes-all of which increase the demand for labor. During a press call hosted by IPC today, Dan Siciliano, Executive Director of the Program in Law, Economics, and Business at Stanford Law School, explains:





“The level of unemployment in the U.S. is painful, scary and difficult-so we shouldn’t belittle it. However, the very notion that immigration has anything to do with unemployment does just that. It belittles the challenge of unemployment.”





Although it might be politically expedient in some circles to blame immigrants for unemployment, it is-quite simply-wrong.



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Re: New Reports Reveal Immigration Does Not Increase Unemployment
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2009, 09:44:13 am »
That is only true because 100 years of Fed induced inflation has driven down the real value of wages and it is difficult to live on the wages the immigrants are paid.  Immigrants have alot of roommates.

Inflation has worked like a slipknot, lower prices for consumer goods means lower wages for those producing them.  We may have to start over. 

Start with making food and energy, then industry based on high tech solutions.  Lasers and explosives to work metal instead of giant mills and presses.

A good startup industry would be solar cells, wind mills, alchohol stills (buterol is similar to gasoline) and batteries.  Maybe a battery that will never be moved, ie for a house, can be made from construction materials.  concrete and broken auto parts. 

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Re: New Reports Reveal Immigration Does Not Increase Unemployment
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2009, 05:08:24 pm »
Of course immigration doesn't cause unemployment.

Illegal immigration does.

Nice strawman article though

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Re: New Reports Reveal Immigration Does Not Increase Unemployment
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2009, 08:41:44 pm »
This is so racist hahahaha
If we simply got together and used our heads, we could have whatever our hearts desired