All Net Employment Gains Among Women Went to Foreign-Born Since Recession

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All the net job gains among females since the beginning of the recession have gone to foreign-born women, according to data released Friday from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Since the beginning of the recession in December 2007 to April 2015, 1.37 million more immigrant women are employed — from 9,041,000 in December 2007 to 10,413,000 in April 2015.

Native-born women, on the other had saw net employment decline by 143,000 in that same timeframe. From 59,322,000 in December 2007 to 59,179,000 last month.

While immigrant women vastly outpaced native-born women in employment, the population of immigrant women ages 16 and older experienced about half the growth of native-born women 16 and older in that time frame.

Both categories of women, however, experienced job growth from March to April. Immigrant-women saw employment growth of 15,000, while native-born women actually saw more growth at 217,000.

Overall, when comparing native-born to foreign-born employment for men and women combined, immigrant employment growth has outpaced the native-born employment rate.

In December 2007 the number of foreign-born male and female workers was 22,810,000. Last month the number had increased to 24,819,000 for a net job growth of over two million.

For native-born male and female workers, that number in December 2007 was 123,524,000. By this April, the number of employed native-born Americans was 123,769,000 for a net job growth of 245,000.


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