Georgia Has Most E-Verify Users


By Roy Maurer April 22, 2016

Fourteen percent of the approximately 600,000 employers using E-Verify are located in Georgia, which ranks highest of all 50 states in the program’s usage, according to new statistics released by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

As of April 1, 82,046 employers in the Peach State have signed E-Verify Memorandums of Understanding, the legal document describing the shared and agreed upon responsibilities for participation in the program

USCIS has launched a new webpage with this data, which shows the total number of employers using the government’s electronic employment eligibility verification system by state and lists the top 20 industries in which E-Verify is used.

The E-Verify program compares information obtained from an employee’s Form I-9 to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility. E-Verify is used at over 1.9 million hiring sites, according to USCIS.

While the program is voluntary for most employers on the federal level, many states including Georgia have enacted state laws requiring employers to enroll. Employers doing business in Georgia generally must enroll in E-Verify if they employ more than 10 full-time employees or hold a public contract.

After Georgia, the states with the highest numbers of E-Verify users as of March 31 are Arizona (49,876), California (48,700), Alabama (43,944), Missouri (41,159) and South Carolina (40,211). Alabama, Arizona and South Carolina mandate E-Verify for all employers.

Missouri is one of several states which mandates E-Verify for public employees and state contractors. Notably, California actually prohibits cities and counties from imposing any kind of E-Verify mandate. The states with the least amount of users are Vermont (431), Wyoming (768), North Dakota (841), South Dakota (845) and Maine (866).

The top 20 industries using E-Verify as of March 31 are:

1. Professional, scientific and technical services—100,034.

2. Specialty trade contractors—68,752.

3. Food services and drinking places—37,714.

4. Building construction—23,534.

5. Social assistance—21,495.

6. Educational services—21,021.

7. Administration and support services—20,339.

8. Repair and maintenance—20,264.

9. Ambulatory health care services—19,921.

10. Nursing and residential care facilities—16,659.

11. Truck transportation—13,867.

12. Religious, civic organizations—13,624.

13. Private households—13,298.

14. Accommodation—11,205.

15. Durable goods wholesalers—10,273.

16. Miscellaneous manufacturing—10,085.

17. Heavy and civil engineering construction—9,824.

18. Couriers and messengers—9,183.

19. Fabricated metal product manufacturing—8,373.

20. Information services—8,166.

Roy Maurer is an online editor/manager for SHRM. Follow him @SHRMRoy


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