Of jobs created in Texas since 2007, 81 percent were taken by newly arrived immigrant workers (legal and illegal). In terms of numbers, between the second quarter of 2007, right before the recession began, and the second quarter of 2011, total employment in Texas increased by 279,000. Of this, 225,000 jobs went to immigrants (legal and illegal) who arrived in the United States in 2007 or later. The share of working-age natives holding a job in Texas declined significantly, from 71 percent in 2007 to 67 percent in 2011. This decline is very similar to the decline for natives in the United States as a whole and is an indication that the situation for native-born workers in Texas is very similar to the overall situation in the country despite the stateβs job growth. Of newly arrived immigrants who took jobs in Texas since 2007, we estimate that 50 percent (113,000) were illegal immigrants. Thus, about 40 percent of all the job growth in Texas since 2007 went to newly arrived illegal immigrants and 40 percent went to newly arrived legal immigrants. Who Benefited from Job Growth In Texas? | Center for Immigration Studies I'm looking for the article in which Rick Perry rebuts the figures but admits that more aliens, legal and illegal, filled jobs than did US natives. Gotta run for now but I'll be back.