When the workday ends, Martha Duque’s begins, cleaning the second and third floors of the New Britain courthouse from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday.
She is one of nearly 5.5 million immigrants who work between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. or on weekends, according to a study published by New American Economy, a business coalition started by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Twenty-six percent of the roughly 30 million people who work outside the traditional nine-to-five workday are immigrants, the study found. The study also found that while both American-born workers and immigrants work late, Americans favor customer service roles while immigrants tend to choose jobs in maintenance that require fewer language skills.
Read the full story from Hartford Courant (CT): Study Shows Immigrant Labor Essential For The Night Shift
Read the full report from New American Economy: On the Clock: How Immigrants Fill Gaps in the Labor Market by Working Nontraditional Hours