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More Than 25.4 Million Foreign-Born Workers Employed in U.S.

The number of foreign-born people employed in the U.S. dipped slightly last month from November’s record high, but exceeded 25 million for a third month in a row, according to data released Friday by Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The BLS reports that 25,426,000 foreign-born people had jobs during the month of December, down slightly from November’s record level of 25,495,000.

While the foreign-born population lost 33,000 jobs last month, the number of employed native-born Americans increased slightly to 124,277,000 in December — regaining 6,000 of the 326,000 jobs the native-born population lost in November.

Under President Obama’s tenure, the foreign-born population has gained 4,051,000 jobs and the native-born population has gained some 5,216,000 jobs.

While the job growth of native and foreign born populations are close, the working-age, non-institutionalized native-born population has grown more than twice as much as the foreign-born population in that same time frame.

While the non-institutionalized population of foreign-born people has grown by 5,730,000 since Obama’s inauguration, the number of native-born people in that category has grown by 11,468,00.

In December — according to not seasonally adjusted data — the foreign-born population had an unemployment rate of 4.7 percent and a labor force participation rate of 65.5 percent. The native-born population’s unemployment rate was 4.8 percent and labor force participation rate was 61.8 percent.

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