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December 1992

How do immigrants fare in the U.S. labor market?

Joseph R. Meisenheimer, II

Recent immigrants earn less and have higher jobless rates than do earlier postwar immigrants and U.S. natives. Educational attainment, English fluency, and the length of time immigrants had lived in the United States are important factors in labor market success. This article presents an analysis of the relationship between these factors and immigrants' experiences in the U.S. labor market.

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