24,816,000 Foreign-Born People Employed In U.S.

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

The number of foreign-born people employed in the U.S. dipped slightly compared to last month, but the population still boasted a lower unemployment rate compared to native-born Americans, according data released Thursday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According to not-seasonally-adjusted numbers from the the BLS, 24,816,000 foreign-born people held jobs in the U.S. in the month of June, down slightly compared to May when slightly more than 25 million held jobs.

The foreign-born population also saw a slight in increase in its relatively low unemployment rate at 4.9 percent compared to 4.7 percent in May, and a decline in labor force participation from 65.2 percent in May to 64.7 percent in June.

The foreign-born still fared better than their native counterparts which saw an unemployment rate of 5.6 percent in June and a labor force participation rate of 62.8 percent.

The number of native-born people with jobs did tick up slightly compared to the previous month with 124,830,000 employed compared to 124,251,000 in May.

Since the beginning of the recession in December of 2007 — ending June 2009 — the foreign-born population has outpaced the native born population in net job growth by nearly two to one, with the native born population netting 1.3 million jobs since December 2007 and the foreign-born population netting just over two million in that same time frame.

Meanwhile, in that timeframe, the civilian non-institutional foreign-born population increased by less than half the increase in the native-born non-institutional population, compare an increase of 5.2 million foreign-born to 12.2 million native-born.


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