Foreign-Born Gain Jobs As Native-Born Lose Jobs

The number of foreign-born people employed in the U.S. increased again last month while the number of employed native-born Americans declined, according to new data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According to the not seasonally adjusted BLS numbers, in September 24,928,000 foreign-born people were employed in the U.S., growing by 14,000 jobs compared to August when 24,914,000 foreign-born people were employed.

Native-born Americans, meanwhile, experienced a loss in jobs, declining 262,000 from August’s level of 124,314,000 to 124,052,000 employed native-born people in September.

Since the start of the recession in December of 2007, the foreign-born population has outpaced the native born population in net job growth.

While the native-born population has netted 528,000 jobs since December 2007, foreign-born people have gained about 2.1 million jobs. This occurred despite the fact that the native-born non-institutional population increased more than twice as much as the foreign-born population in that time — compare 12.9 million to 5.2 million foreign-born people.

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the foreign-born population last month was 4.6 percent. For native-born people it was 4.9 percent. Further, 80,536,000 native-born people and 14,182,000 foreign-born people were out of the labor force.


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