Unemployment at Record High for Immigrants
- Immigrant unemployment in the first quarter of 2009 was 9.7%, the highest level since 1994, when data began to be collected for immigrants. The current figure for natives is 8.6%, also the highest since 1994.
- The immigrant unemployment rate is now 5.6 percentage points higher than in the third quarter of 2007, before the recession began. Native unemployment has increased 3.8 percentage points over the same period.
- Among immigrants who have arrived since the beginning of 2006, unemployment is 13.3%.
- The number of unemployed immigrants increased 1.3 million (130%) since the third quarter of 2007. Among natives the increase was five million (81%).
- The number of immigrants holding a job dropped 2.1 million (9%) from the third quarter of 2007 to the first quarter of this year. For natives, the drop was 4.5 million (4%).