Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Immigrants at Work

"[I]mmigrants make a very significant contribution to the New Mexico economy while at the same time they have a very small impact on national safety-net programs."

New Mexico Voices for Children, Immigrants and the New Mexico Economy: Working Hard for Low Wages, June 2008.

Immigrants work more because of their younger age and tend to work in private-sector jobs or be self employed compared to the native born. Their earnings and wages are lower on the whole. Naturalized citizens earn slightly higher wages. Ninety-six percent of those who receive government transfer payments are native born. Non-citizen workers have jobs with fewer health benefits, yet are less likely to use emergency rooms for health services. Many non citizens have taxes deducted for Social Security and Medicare but cannot access these benefits.

National data show that unemployment is rising for immigrants given the economic downturn, to 9.3 percent for immigrants who came to the U.S. since 2000 according to the Pew Hispanic Center. 220,000 construction jobs have been lost in past year and remittances are down 3 percent in the first quarter of 2008.

1 comment:

Josh said...

I've just deleted a comment here which was hateful and offensive. This site does not have an official comment policy but I will delete things that are explicitly xenophobic and/or hateful.