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News from EPI Job deficits experienced by both immigrants and native-born workers

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EPI gives testimony Thur. March 10 at 10:00 AM Eastern, 2141 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC

EPI economist Heidi Shierholz will discuss the severe job deficits that both immigrants and native-born workers have experienced during the Great Recession in testimony tomorrow before the House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement at a hearing on “New Jobs in Recession and Recovery: Who Are Getting Them and Who Are Not.”  Immigrants saw larger job losses than native-born workers in 2007 and 2008, while they fared better than native-born workers in 2009 and 2010.  In the latest data available, February 2011, immigrants and natives are in roughly the same place, with immigrant employment 4.3% below where it was four years ago, and native-born employment 4.4% below where it was four years ago.

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