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Jobs Americans Won’t Do?

A Detailed Look at Immigrant Employment by Occupation

By Steven A. Camarota and Karen Jensenius

This analysis tests the often-made argument that immigrants only do jobs Americans don’t want. If the argument is correct, there should be occupations comprised entirely or almost entirely of immigrants. But Census Bureau data collected from 2005 to 2007, which allow for very detailed analysis, show that even before the recession there were only a tiny number of majority-immigrant occupations.

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