Foreign born represented 16.5 percent of the U.S. labor force in 2014, up from 14.8 percent in 2005
May 28, 2015
Foreign-born workers represented 16.5 percent of the U.S. labor force in 2014, up from 14.8 percent in 2005. Foreign-born men accounted for 9.6 percent of the labor force, compared with 8.9 percent in 2005. Foreign-born women represented 6.9 percent of the labor force, up from 5.9 percent in 2005.
The share of the labor force for native-born men was 43.6 percent in 2014, down from 44.7 percent in 2005. Native-born women accounted for 39.9 percent of the labor force in 2014, compared with 40.5 percent in 2005.
Men accounted for 58.1 percent of the foreign-born labor force in 2014, compared with 52.2 percent of the native-born labor force. Nearly half (48.3 percent) of the foreign-born labor force was Hispanic or Latino, 24.1 percent was Asian, 17.5 percent was White, and 9.0 percent was Black or African-American.
These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see "Foreign-Born Workers: Labor Force Characteristics — 2014" (HTML) (PDF). The foreign born are U.S. residents born outside the country or one of its outlying areas to parents who were not U.S. citizens. The foreign born include legally admitted immigrants, refugees, temporary residents such as students and temporary workers, and undocumented immigrants.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Foreign born represented 16.5 percent of the U.S. labor force in 2014, up from 14.8 percent in 2005 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/foreign-born-represented-17-percent-of-the-labor-force-in-2014-up-from-15-percent-in-2005.htm (visited October 23, 2017).
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