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[IWS] BLS: FOREIGN-BORN WORKERS: LABOR FORCE CHARACTERISTICS -- 2009 [19 March 2010]
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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
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FOREIGN-BORN WORKERS: LABOR FORCE CHARACTERISTICS -- 2009 [19 March 2010]
[full-text, 14 pages]
The share of the U.S. labor force composed of the foreign born was
little changed in 2009, and their unemployment rate rose from 5.8
to 9.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
The jobless rate of the native born increased from 5.8 percent in
2008 to 9.2 percent in 2009.
This news release compares the labor force characteristics of the for-
eign born with those of their native-born counterparts. The data on na-
tivity are collected as part of the Current Population Survey (CPS), a
monthly sample survey of approximately 60,000 households. The foreign
born are persons who reside in the United States but who were born out-
side 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. The survey data, however, do not separate-
ly identify the numbers of persons in these categories. For further in-
formation about the survey, see the Technical Note.
Some highlights from the 2009 data are:
-- Both the number of foreign-born labor force participants (23.9
million) and their share of the U.S. civilian labor force (15.5
percent) were little changed in 2009 for the second year in a
-- The unemployment rate of the foreign born (9.7 percent) was
higher than that of the native born (9.2 percent) for the first
time since 2003.
-- In 2009, the median usual weekly earnings of foreign-born full-
time wage and salary workers were 79.1 percent of those of their
-- Hispanics accounted for 50.1 percent of the foreign-born labor
force, and another 22.3 percent was Asian.
-- The number of foreign-born white non-Hispanics in the labor force
declined, while the number of foreign born in the other major
race and ethnicity groups showed little change.
AND MUCH MORE...including TABLES....
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