A new study from the Center for Immigration Studies has found that current U.S. unemployment is disproportionately affecting lesser educated Americans, and therefore they are most impacted by the presence of 11 million illegal aliens who tend to be lesser educated as well. The study takes a closer look at the U-3 and U-6 unemployment rates by breaking the rates down by birthplace, race, and educational attainment.

The study found that "unemployment is much higher for young and less-educated U.S.-born minorities than for the population as a whole." Earlier research conducted by CIS found that 79% of illegal aliens have no more than a high school education, so they are competing directly for jobs with lesser educated American workers. Research has also determined that at least 7 million illegal aliens currently hold a job in the U.S. 

Among the study's other findings, keeping in mind that the current U-3 national rate is 7.7% and the U-6 rate is 14.4%: 

  • In the third quarter of 2012, the standard unemployment rate (referred to as U-3) for U.S.-born adults who have not completed high school was 18.5 percent.
  • Using the broader measure of unemployment (referred to as U-6, which includes those who want to work but have not looked recently, and those forced to work part-time), the unemployment rate for U.S.-born adults who have not completed high school was 30.8 percent.
  • The U-3 unemployment rate for U.S.-born workers who have only a high school education was 10.4 percent in the third quarter of 2012. Using the U-6 measure, it was 18.1 percent.
  • The total number of U.S.-born working-age adults (18 to 65) not working was 50.8 million in the third quarter of 2012. This is up 8.9 million compared to the third quarter of 2007, before the recession began.
  • If we consider all American citizens (U.S.-born and naturalized), the number of working-age adults not holding a job was 54.7 million.
  • More than half (27.7 million) of working-age American citizens not holding a job have no education beyond high school. This is a huge pool of potential less-skilled workers.
  • The figures for less-educated citizens not working do not include the 3.2 million forced to work part-time, nor do they include the 6.7 million teenagers (16 and 17) not working. They also do not include the nearly 170,000 less-educated U.S. citizens over age 65 who are actively looking for a job. 
The study includes detailed analysis of the U-3 and u-6 unemployment rates by age, race, and educational attainment. To see the full study, visit
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Updated: Tue, Dec 18th 2012 @ 11:36am EST