Hit by the Recession?: Immigrant Employment in Urban America
Early Career Research Award
The debate on immigration and labor market issues intensified during the current Great Recession, December 2007-June 2009. The discussion often centers on labor market outcomes and the impact on the native-born workers with comparable skills. Understanding their employment dynamics can inform policies that provide assistance to immigrants and their families during and after the recession as well as helping the communities that these immigrants heavily concentrate. The study will address job security issues through examining various forms of contingent and flexible employment, including independent contractors, temporary help workers, day laborers, on-call workers, and contract firm employees. The research will also examine the changing settlement patterns of immigrants from established gateway metropolitan areas to new and emerging gateways. The study will use American Community Survey (ACS) microdata for the years of 2005 and 2009.