Foreign-Born Job Growth Outpacing Native-Born 2.6 to 1

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

Since the start of the recession in December 2007, the foreign-born population has outpaced the native-born population in net job growth — with foreign-born workers gaining 2.6 jobs for every job gained by a native-born worker.

As revealed in the most recent unadjusted figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the native-born population has gained 790,000 additional jobs since December 2007. Meanwhile, foreign-born employment has grown by about 2.1 million.

In that same timeframe, the native-born population has increased more than twice as much as the foreign-born population, with the native-born non-institutional population growing by 12.7 million and the foreign-born non-institutional population growing by 5.2 million.

Meaning that for every new job gained by native-born workers, 16 native-born Americans came of working age.

On a smaller level, last month the foreign-born population gained 204,000 jobs and native-born population lost 698,000 jobs.

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions’ spokesman Stephen Miller highlighted the August disparity of native-born job loss and foreign-born job-gains.

“Averaged out across the year, the U.S. admits every month about 200,000 permanent immigrants, temporary foreign workers, and nonimmigrant students to compete against the existing pool of U.S. workers and youth (including against all previously-admitted immigrants),” Miller noted in an email (emphasis his).

“That means, every ten months, the U.S. issues, on average, a roughly equivalent number of visas to these categories as compared to the number of graduating high school students who will attend college in the fall,” he added.

In August, 24,914,000 foreign-born workers were employed in the U.S. as noted, up from July when 24,710,000 foreign born people were were employed. There were 124,314,000 native-born workers employed in August, down from the 125,012,000 native-born workers employed in July.

“The foreign-born share of the U.S. population is at its highest level in 105 years, and will soon eclipse every known historical record and keep climbing,” Miller added.


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