Foreign-Born Gain Jobs As Native-Born Lose Jobs

A help wanted sign is seen in the window of the Unika store on September 4, 2015 in Miami, Florida. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the August jobs report that shows that the economy created just 173,000 new jobs last month. But the unemployment rate dipped to 5.1%, …
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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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