Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Immigration and Teen Employment


Study Finds Immigrant Competition Contributes to Decline in Work
WASHINGTON (May 12, 2010) – The summer of 2010 is shaping up to be worst summer ever for the employment of U.S.-born teenagers (16 to 19 years old). But even before the current recession, the share of U.S.-born teens in the labor force – working or looking for work – was declining. A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies finds that competition with immigrants (legal and illegal) explains a significant share of this decline. The fall in teen employment is worrisome because a large body of research shows that those who do not hold jobs as teenagers often fail to develop the work habits necessary to function in the labor market, creating significant negative consequences for them later in life. The report, 'A Drought of Summer Jobs: Immigration and the Long-Term Decline in Employment Among U.S.-Born Teenagers.'

1 comment:

Dianaimh said...

I think your assessment is a little off. Immigrants are not taking jobs from teenagers today as most of them are not interested in working. Sad but true. See it all the time, but not in my house they had to work and were able to get jobs. No sense of entitlement in my house.