Foreign-Born Women Net All Job Gains Among Women


Foreign-born women netted all U.S. job gains among women from July to August, according to data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In fact, there was an actual drop in the number of native-born employed women in the U.S., aged 16 and older. The number fell by 97,000, from 59.3 million in July to 59.2 million in August, BLS data released Friday shows.

Meanwhile foreign-born workers gained 141,000 jobs, and jumped from 10 million jobs in July, up to 10.2 million jobs in August.

That’s been the long term trend since the start of the recession in December 2007. In that month,  9 million foreign-born women held jobs in the U.S. Since then, foreign-born women gained an additional 1.1 million jobs.

Meanwhile, the number of U.S. women with jobs has actually declined since 2007, despite the much-touted economic recovery.

There were 59.3 million native-born women employed in the U.S. at the start of the recession. As of last month, the number of native-born women with jobs had declined by 161,000 since December 2007.

Even though foreign-born women netted all the jobs since the recession, the population of U.S.-born women aged 16 and older has grown twice as fast as foreign-born women residents.

Overall, the foreign-born population — both men and women — has outpaced the native born population in job growth since 2007. Last month, 24.914 million foreign-born people held jobs in the United States, according to the BLS.