Panel Video: A Drought of Summer Jobs

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A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies finds that American teenagers (16-19 years old) have been leaving the labor force for some time, staring long before the current recession. The findings show that competition with immigrants accounts for a significant share of the decline in teen employment. The decline is worrisome because a large body of research shows that those who do not hold a job as teenagers often fail to develop the work habits necessary to function in the labor market, creating significant negative consequence for them later in life.

Many of the states where immigrants are the largest share of workers are also those with the lowest teenage labor force participation, including California, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Florida, Hawaii, Texas, and Arizona.

CIS released the report, 'A Drought of Summer Jobs: Immigration and the Long-Term Decline in Employment Among U.S.-Born Teenagers,' at a panel discussion Wednesday, May 12, at 9:30 a.m. in the Zenger Room of the National Press Club, 14th & F streets NW.


Steven Camarota, lead author of 'A Drought of Summer Jobs: Immigration and the Long-Term Decline in Employment Among U.S.-Born Teenagers.' Dr. Camarota is Director of Research at the Center for Immigration Studies.

B. Lindsay Lowell, Director of Policy Studies for the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University. He was previously Director of Research at congressionally appointed U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform.

Daryl Scott, Professor and former Chair of the History Department at Howard University. Dr Scott is author of 'Immigrant Indigestion: A. Philip Randolph Radical and Restrictionist.” In 2009 he helped draft a detailed proposal to overhaul the nation's immigration system, sponsored by the Brookings Institution and Duke University.

Introduction with Jerry Kammer


Steven A. Camarota's Statement


Daryl Scott's Statement


B. Lindsay Lowell's Statement