There are over 8.1 million illegal workers in the United States. Although they are here illegally, these workers are necessary to the workforce. The Perryman Group prepared an in-depth study on illegal immigrants and the effects they have on the US workforce.
Highlights of the findings include:
- The latest census data indicates that 1 of every 8 people living in the US is an immigrant, and approximately one-third of those immigrants are undocumented.
- Undocumented immigrants comprise a large component of the workforce in some industries and geographic areas.
- In 10 states, the percentage of undocumented workers as a share of the workforce equals or exceeds the national average of 5%. Arizona has the highest proportion with 12%.
The Perryman Group also measured the damage the loss of the undocumented workforce would do to the economy. The immediate negative effect of eliminating the undocumented workforce would include an estimated $1.757 trillion in annual lost spending, $651.511 billion in annual lost output, and 8.1 million lost jobs.
The study clearly shows that undocumented workers are needed to keep the US economy running, so there is no good reason they should not be entitled to the same protection under workers’ compensation as legal, documented workers.
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