Foreign-born workers by region, 2008
March 31, 2009
In 2008, 24.1 million persons, or 15.6 percent of the U.S. civilian labor force age 16 and over, were foreign born.
By region, the foreign born made up a larger share of the total labor force in the West (24.1 percent) and in the Northeast (17.9 percent) than for the nation as a whole.
In contrast, the shares of the labor force made up by foreign-born workers in the South (13.8 percent) and Midwest (7.8 percent) were less than for the nation.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Foreign-born workers by region, 2008 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/mar/wk5/art02.htm (visited June 26, 2017).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
STEM occupations: past, present, and future
A look at employment and wages in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics occupations.
Workplace injuries and illnesses and employer costs for workers’ compensation
Workplace injury and illness data and the costs to employers for workers’ compensation in natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations.
A look at the future of the U.S. labor force to 2060
Projected long-term trends in the growth, size, and composition of the labor force.
Union membership in the United States
Historical trends in union membership among employed wage and salary workers; union membership by a variety of demographic characteristics.