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Report: For Every Job Added Since 2000, Two New Immigrants Have Arrived

For every single job added since January 2000, the United States has added approximately two new immigrants (both legal and illegal), according to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies. The report analyzed government data compiled in December 2014, which revealed the full impact of immigration on the American labor market.

“It is a mistake to think every job taken by an immigrant is a job lost by a native, but it is equally wrong to think that adding this huge number of immigrants has no implications for American workers,” said Steven Camarota, the center’s director of research, in a statement. “If immigration is the great job creator for natives that advocates argue, [then] the record number of new arrivals in the last 14 years should have created a jobs bonanza for natives. Instead, job growth did not come close to matching new immigration and natural population increase.”

Since 2000, the immigrant population grow by a net 12 million people, with 18 million total immigrants having arrived, while the U.S. economy added just 9.3 million jobs. The share of working-age immigrants with jobs or looking for jobs has held more or less constant since 2000, the report noted, while it has dropped noticeably among native Americans. 

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