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Need a Job? There are Plenty Available, but Do You Have the Skills or Willpower?

Inside American Apparel | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist
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"Illegal immigrants take American jobs." That's one of the statements heard throughout the immigration debate as of late, but one that's currently being challenged. Why? Because others are saying there are jobs available out there but employers are having a tough time filling them. One local example is American Apparel. After being made an example of by the Obama Administration last year with an immigration raid of sorts -- forced mass layoffs -- the downtown vertical factory is having trouble finding 2,500 new employees.

"What American Apparel is finding is that the vast majority of applicants for open positions are members of the immigrant community," said the company's lawyer to ABC7. Wages there are generally between $11 and $18. "There has simply not been the training that U.S. citizens need to enter these industries."