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Study Mulls Immigrants’ Effect on Work Force

The Public Policy Institute of California released a study Feb. 27 on the effect of immigrants on the state’s work force and wages.

According to the study, California has more immigrants in the workplace than any other state , composing one-third of the entire state’s work force and population , making California a bellwether state as national immigration debates continue.

Information for the study was compiled using U.S. Census Bureau data from 1960 through 2004.

Overall findings show:

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– There is no evidence showing that the inflow of immigrants from 1960-2004 has affected citizens’ , of like education and experience , employment opportunities.

– There is no evidence that the inflow of immigrants affected out-migration among citizens in same education and age groups.

– According to the institute’s calculations, immigrants created an average 4 percent wage increase for citizen workers from 1990-2004. The percentage increase in wage varied based on educational level with a small increase for citizen workers with less than high school education and a 4 percent to 7 percent increase in wages for those with at least a high school diploma.

– Recent immigrants have lowered the wages of previous immigrants. Those who entered California before 1990 are being paid between 17 percent and 20 percent less than they would have been paid if there was no immigration from 1990-2004.

, Andy Killion

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