A new study from the Center for Immigration Studies found that low-skilled Americans are gradually withdrawing from the workforce and their places are taken by immigrants. The number of natives without a high school degree who were neither working nor looking for employment increased from 26 percent in 1994 to 35 percent in 2015. By comparison, the number of foreign-born counterparts in this situation decreased from 12 percent to 8 percent over the same period.
The study compared the hours worked annually by low-skilled natives and immigrants and revealed that U.S.-born men ages 25 to 54 who did not complete a high school education worked 14.1 fewer weeks than the foreign-born. Americans worked on average 1,391 hours per year between 2003 and 2015, representing 34.8 full-time weeks, whereas immigrants worked 1,955 hours or 48.9 weeks per year. Researchers say that for high school graduates, the difference between the two categories is 4.3 weeks and for the other educational levels is below one week. The authors of the study also noted that immigrants in the U.S. work roughly 50 weeks per year regardless of their level of education.
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