HR Management & Compliance

Paychecks For Arab And Muslim Men Have Declined Since 9/11

A new Columbia University
study has found that wages and earnings of Arab and Muslim men living in the United States
have declined about 10 percent since the terrorist attacks of September 11,
2001. In the post-Sept. 11 period, Arab and Muslim men worked as many hours as
they did previously but were more likely to have switched jobs from a high-wage
to a low-wage industry. The study found the declines were even steeper—12 to 13
percent—in areas with higher hate crime rates motivated by religion, ethnic, or
national origin bias. In areas where the hate crime level was lower, the
decline in earnings hovered around 6 to 7 percent. But the decreases may have been
temporary, as data from 2005 indicated some rebound in wages and earnings for
these workers.


The study looked at 4,322
first- and second-generation immigrants, ranging from 21 to 54 years old, from countries
with predominantly Arab or Muslim populations. It covers 20 states where 85
percent of Arab and Muslim American residents live. For more on the study, go


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