All Net Job Gains by Women Went to Foreign-Born Since Recession


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

As the BLS figures reveal, nearly a million more foreign-born women were employed in July than were employed when the recession began in December of 2007. Meanwhile, in that same time frame, native-born women lost a net 64,000 jobs.

In December 2007, 9,041,000 foreign-born women had jobs. By last month that number had grown to 10,028,000. Compare those numbers to the 59,322,000 employed native-born women at the beginning of the recession and last month’s 59,258,000 employed native-born women.

While immigrant women outpaced native-born women in net employment, the population of foreign-born women ages 16 and older experienced about half the growth of native-born women 16 and older in that December 2007 to July 2015 timeframe.

Overall — including both men and women — the foreign-born population has outpaced the native born population in net job growth since the beginning of the recession.

The native born population has netted 1.4 million jobs since December 2007, while foreign-born employment has grown by about 1.9 million. In that period, the native-born population has increased by more than twice as much as the foreign-born population.


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