Immigrants Experiencing More Net Job Growth Than Native-Born Since Recession

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While the population of native-born Americans ages 16 and older has grown twice as much as the foreign-born population, immigrants have experienced vastly more job growth since the beginning of the recession, according to data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In December 2007 — the beginning of the recession, which ended in June 2009 — the number of (not seasonally adjusted) foreign-born workers was 22,810,000. By May 2015, the number had increased to 25,098,000 or a net job growth of more than 2.28 million.

For native-born workers that number in December 2007 was 123,524,000. By May of this year the number of employed native-born Americans was 124,251,000 or a net job growth of 727,000.

While immigrant job growth has outpaced native-born job growth, the civilian non-institutional population of both has grown — the native born population, however, experienced about twice as much growth.

In December 2007 the population of foreign born people ages 16 and over was 35,078,000. Today there are 40,380,000 foreign born, or an increase of 5.3 million.

In December 2007 native-born Americans 16 and over numbered 198,077,000. By May 2015 that population had grown 11.9 million to 210,075,000.