Hit Hard but Bouncing Back: The Employment of Immigrants During the Great Recession and the Recovery

Hit Hard but Bouncing Back: The Employment of Immigrants During the Great Recession and the Recovery

November 2, 2012

During the Great Recession immigrants lost more employment, relative to their initial employment level, than U.S.-born workers. During the Recovery immigrants gained more employment than U.S-born workers. The employment gains of immigrants during the recovery spread among all educational groups except those with no high school diploma. Among U.S.-born workers, only those with Bachelor's degree or more gained employment. By mid-2012, the employment of both immigrants and U.S.-born workers were still below the pre-recession level.

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