Net Job Growth Since Recession Still To Foreign-Born

AP Photo/Paul Sakuma
AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ March job’s data released Friday — as in previous months — again shows that net employment growth in the U.S. since the beginning of the recession has gone to foreign-born workers.

From the beginning of the recession in December of 2007 through March of this year, while the native-born population has experienced a net decline in employment, their foreign-born counterparts have experienced a net increase.

The BLS’ not seasonally adjusted jobs data released Friday shows that in December 2007 the number of foreign-born workers was 22,810,000. In March that number was 24,937,000.

So since the beginning of the recession, foreign-born workers gained 2.1 million jobs.

In the same, time the native-born employed population decreased from 123,524,000 in December 2007 to 122,698,000 in March. A decline of 826,000, despite the fact that both the native and foreign-born populations have increased in that same timeframe.

To be sure, both populations saw employment growth over February’s numbers, with native born workers increasing 320,000 and foreign born workers adding 196,000.