Foreign-Born and Native-Born See Job Growth Last Month

The number of both foreign- and native-born people in the United States with a job rebounded last month with both demographics experiencing increases in their respective employment levels, according to new jobs data released Friday.

According to not seasonally adjusted data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 25,391,000 foreign-born people had a job in the U.S. during the month of February, up 63,000 over the month of January. The number of unemployed foreign-born people in the U.S. also declined by 142,000 last month.

The unemployment rate for foreign-born people also declined from 5.1 percent in January to 4.6 percent last month. The labor force participation rate among the foreign-born was 64.9 percent.

The national unemployment rate during the month of February was 4.9 percent.

Native-born Americans also saw their job prospects improve in February, after losing more than half a million jobs in January. Last month, native-born Americans gained 960,000 jobs compared to January. The number of unemployed native-born people, however, increased by 51,000.

Native-born unemployment remained unchanged at 5.3 percent and the labor force participation rate was 62.2 percent.

Job growth has been the long term trend for both native- and foreign- born workers in the U.S. since Barack Obama took office. Although job growth for both populations has been similar, the number of working-age, native-born Americans has grown by nearly twice as much as the number of working-age foreign-born.

While the working-age, foreign-born population has increased by nearly 6 million the working-age, native-born population has increased by nearly 12 million since Obama’s inauguration. During that same time-frame however, foreign-born people gained 4 million jobs and 5.6 million native-born people gained jobs.


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