Bureau of Labor Statistics

Educational attainment of foreign born labor force

April 01, 2008

In terms of educational attainment, 27.4 percent of the foreign-born labor force 25 years old and over had not completed high school in 2007, compared with 6.0 percent of the native-born labor force.

Educational attainment of foreign-born and native-born civilian labor force participants, 25 years and older, 2007
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Similar proportions of foreign-born and native-born persons in the labor force had a bachelor's or higher degree (31.1 and 34.2 percent, respectively).

Foreign-born workers were less likely than native-born workers to be high school graduates (with no college) or to have some college or an associate degree.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. Find more information in "Foreign-Born Workers: Labor Force Characteristics in 2007," (PDF) (HTML) news release USDL 08-0409.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Educational attainment of foreign born labor force at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2008/mar/wk5/art02.htm (visited November 26, 2021).

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