Governor Perry’s job growth in Texas has a dirty little secret that will infuriate many Americans. Those who have watched the GOP debates heard Governor Rick Perry proclaim the great job growth Texas has had during the downturn of the economy. It has been his strong point that “has grabbed the attention of many Americans”.
According to The Center for Immigration Studies (independent, non-partisan, non-profit research organization founded in 1985) it appears that the job growth in Texas has benefited mostly illegal aliens and legal immigrants since 2007.
An analysis of data from a Current Population Survey by the Census Bureau indicated that illegal aliens and legal immigrants gained the bulk of the jobs created in Texas since 2007. Native-born Texans were the least to benefit from that job growth.
The majority of working-age Texans (age 16-65) was the greatest majority eligible for those jobs. However, the bulk of those jobs went to the illegal aliens and new legal immigrants over a period from 2007 to 2011. Working-age Texans jobs declined along with the rest of the country during the economic downturn of 2007 to 2011.
The following data was gathered and reported by Steven A. Camarota and Ashley Monique Webster. Here is the excerpt directly from their research, which further paints a dismal picture.
Who Benefited from Job Growth In Texas?
A Look at Employment Gains for Immigrants and the Native-Born, 2007 to 2011
Among the findings:
• Of jobs created in Texas since 2007, 81 percent were taken by newly arrived immigrant workers (legal and illegal).
• In terms of numbers, between the second quarter of 2007, right before the recession began, and the second quarter of 2011, total employment in Texas increased by 279,000. Of this, 225,000 jobs went to immigrants (legal and illegal) who arrived in the United States in 2007 or later.
• Of newly arrived immigrants who took a job in Texas, 93 percent were not U.S. citizens. Thus government data show that more than three-fourths of net job growth in Texas were taken by newly arrived non-citizens (legal and illegal).
• The large share of job growth that went to immigrants is surprising because the native-born accounted for 69 percent of the growth in Texas’ working-age population (16 to 65). Thus, even though natives made up most of the growth in potential workers, most of the job growth went to immigrants.
• The share of working-age natives holding a job in Texas declined significantly, from 71 percent in 2007 to 67 percent in 2011. This decline is very similar to the decline for natives in the United States as a whole and is an indication that the situation for native-born workers in Texas is very similar to the overall situation in the country despite the state’s job growth.
• Of newly arrived immigrants who took jobs in Texas since 2007, we estimate that 50 percent (113,000) were illegal immigrants. Thus, about 40 percent of all the job growth in Texas since 2007 went to newly arrived illegal immigrants and 40 percent went to newly arrived legal immigrants.
• Immigrants took jobs across the educational distribution. More than one out three (97,000) of newly arrived immigrants who took a job had at least some college.
• These numbers raise the question of whether it makes sense to continue the current high level of legal immigration and also whether to continue to tolerate illegal immigration.
The full report can be read directly at the Center for Immigration Studies.