The number of immigrants working in Construction is soaring

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

Some popular topics for discussion on our blog have included employment numbers for different economic sectors and immigration. As we have already seen, the share of people born outside of the U.S. differs significantly from state to state. But what are the effects of immigration on the Construction sector?

First, let’s look at how things changed on the national scale during the recent years.

Non-native workers in the U.S. Construction sector

It should be obvious by now that not only is the percentage of immigrants working in Construction significantly larger than in other sectors, but has also been growing more quickly (except for a short period from 2007-2009).

We also should note that the data that we have only takes into account people who entered the U.S. legally. While obviously we don’t have the precise numbers for illegal immigration, Florida is the only major state where the number of illegal immigrants has been decreasing in recent years, according to the estimates provided by the DHS Office of Immigration Statistics.

According to Pew Research Center, Construction is one of the sectors which have seen a decrease in the share of illegal immigrants.

Immigrants working in Construction by state

So, the number of immigrants in the sector tends to be higher in the Southern states. Just look at Texas (42 percent of employees were born outside the U.S., compared to 20.4 percent on average in the other sectors) or New Mexico (24 and 12.9 percent respectively).

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Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

Andrey Kamenov is a data scientist working for Advameg Inc. His background includes teaching statistics, stochastic processes and financial mathematics in Moscow State University and working for a hedge fund. His academic interests range from statistical data analysis to optimal stopping theory. Andrey also enjoys his hobbies of photography, reading and powerlifting.

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4 thoughts on “The number of immigrants working in Construction is soaring”

1. Jamie says:

Immigrants or illegal aliens? I was in the construction business in the early 2000’s making very good money, then the illegal alien invasion took place. My small resort community suddenly exploded with construction and that was accompanied by an estimated 10,000 illegal aliens moving into the area, soon taking my job. Unscrupulous contractors would hire an under skilled illegal alien and pay him \$18/hr but charge the owner for whom he was was building the house \$50/hr, thus putting the difference in his pocket. Along with his normal hourly wage and the other seven illegal workers he had hired. The government stood around doing nothing, as long as amoral contractors were getting rich nobody cared.

1. Me says:

The gov’t didn’t stand around & do nothing; they are behind it. And until the general public wakes the h&ll up it’s only going to get worse.

2. The Dude says:

My Dad had a Union General Engineering Construction Company in Northern California. (He was also a good, hard working Christian.) All kinds of workers found their way to it. (A good paying job with bene.) In the sixties and seventies he had a Mexican national worker who he sponsored, who had a “couzin” who needed a job also. Could he sponsor him too, to work in the US. Twenty-five sponsored “couzins” later my Dad says, “how many “couzins” you got?” No more ” couzins.” Now after forty years of illegal immigration leading to a major undercutting of wages by none Union shops paying slave labor wages. I have to compete like hell for a decent wage in my state.

3. Construction, movin, roofin, gyprockin and truckin have been having the same “issue” in Canada for forty years. Because these industries really DRIVE the economy Government on all levels are extremely reluctant to enforce existing workplace laws.

Govt. takes it’s cut through Home Depot and the Supply Chain, and hopes the illegals and underground economy types drink, toke, smoke and crack their life away before they apply for disability. Works for everyone else but you, if you want a legit payroll.