A new report released by the Center for Immigration Studies says that low-skilled migrants are replacing US-born workers in the low-skilled job market.
Although the study does not mention if immigrants are actually displacing native Americans in the workforce, it shows that natives who quit their jobs are being substituted by immigrants. It also does not state whether the US citizens are leaving their jobs owing to low pay, dislike for such jobs or competition posed by immigrants.
The dropout rates from labour workforce by men without a high school degree who are US citizens in the age group 25-54 have increased drastically, according to American Time Use Survey of the Census Bureau.
Jason Richwine, a public policy analyst and author of the study, said that American high school dropouts worked on an average for only 35 full-time weeks annually between 2003 and 2015, while immigrant dropouts put in 49 weeks during the same period. It was also noted that native dropouts work time fell from 41 weeks during the 2003-2005 period to 32 weeks between 2012 and 2015, he adds.
Mark Krikorian, the Center’s executive director said that as low-skilled US citizens were dropping out of the workforce, low-skilled immigrants are able to find a lot of work.
Other findings of the study state that among US-born workers without a high school degree, the percentage who were neither employed nor were looking for jobs increased to 35 in 2015 from 26 in 1994. During the same period, the immigrants in the same bracket who were out of the workforce fell to eight percent from 12 percent.
As far as hours spent working was concerned, local high school dropouts worked on an average for 1,391 hours annually during the 2003-2015 period as against immigrant dropouts who worked for 1,955 hours.
But there seemed to be no notable differences in work time among immigrants and native-born American men who have more than a high school degree.
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