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Unemployment of second- and third-and-higher-generation Americans

October 13, 2006

Overall, the unemployment rate for members of the second generation aged 25 to 54 years is the same as that for the same age group in the third and higher generations.

Unemployment rates of the second generation and third-and-higher generation, ages 25 to 54 years, by selected characteristics, March 2005
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The jobless rate among second-generation men is higher than that for their third-generation-and-higher counterparts; among women, the unemployment rate for those in the second generation is lower than that for those in the third and higher generations.

The unemployment rate of second-generation mothers with children under age 18 was 2.6 percent in March 2005, compared with 4.2 percent for the third and higher generations. Second-generation mothers with children under 6 years of age were also less likely to be unemployed than their third-generation-and-higher counterparts.

Second-generation Americans are defined as native-born Americans who have either one parent or both parents who are foreign born. Americans of the third and higher generations are native-born Americans whose parents are both native born.

These data are from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) to the Current Population Survey. Find out more in "Labor force characteristics of second-generation Americans," by Abraham Mosisa, Monthly Labor Review, September 2006.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment of second- and third-and-higher-generation Americans at (visited May 27, 2024).

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