|Mexican emigrants continue to take the majority of low-wage U.S. jobs|
|Subject||Mexican Latinos and Latinas take more and more low-wage U.S. jobs, making workers overall less productive.|
|Topic||Resource Markets, Supply and demand|
low-wage labor, labor force, Latino workers
The U.S. created 2.5 million jobs in 2004. Latinos or Latinas from Mexico filled 40%, or fully 1 million of these jobs. Recent U.S. immigrants from Mexico took 88%, or 880,000 of the new jobs. Latinos make up only 15% of the US labor force, but they increasingly dominate the low-wage sectors of the US economy. In San Ysidoro, California, about 50,000 Mexicans enter the U.S. every day, some legally (as part of a work program) and some illegally. The result: Median Latino weekly earnings were $420 in 2002, $411 in 2003, and $400 in 2004. The catch is that Latinos no longer stay in California or Texas once entering the US. Tennessee has seen a 116% increase in its Latino population since 2000, and Alaska has seen its Latino population increase 79% over that same period.
|Source||Joel Millman. "Low-wage Jobs Get 'Mexicanized,' But There's a Price." The Wall Street Journal, 2 May 2005. A2+.|
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