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Foreign-born Workers in US – Unemployment rate at 6.9 percent in 2013, down from 8.1 percent

The unemployment rate for the foreign born in the United States was 6.9 percent in 2013, down from 8.1 percent in 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reportedtoday. The jobless rate for the native born fell to 7.5 percent in 2013, also downfrom 8.1 percent in the prior year.

Data on nativity are collected as part of the Current Population Survey CPS, amonthly sample survey of approximately 60,000 households. The foreign born arethose who reside in the United States but who were born outside the country orone of its outlying areas to parents who were not U.S. citizens. The foreign borninclude legally-admitted immigrants, refugees, temporary residents such as studentsand temporary workers, and undocumented immigrants. The survey data, however, donot separately identify the numbers of persons in these categories. For furtherinformation about the survey, see the Technical Note.

Highlights from the 2013 data:

–In 2013, there were 25.3 million foreign-born persons in the U.S. labor force, comprising 16.3 percent of the total. See table 1.

–Hispanics accounted for 47.8 percent of the foreign-born labor force in 2013 and Asians accounted for 24.3 percent. See table 1. Data in this news release for persons who are white, black, or Asian do not include those of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. Data on persons of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity are presented separately.

–Foreign-born workers were more likely than native-born workers to be employed in service occupations and less likely to be employed in management, professional, and related occupations and in sales and office occupations.

–The median usual weekly earnings of foreign-born full-time wage and salary workers were $643 in 2013, compared with $805 for their native-born counterparts. Differences in earnings reflect a variety of factors, including variations in the distributions of foreign-born and native-born workers by educational attainment, occupation, industry, and geographic region.

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Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Labor Force Characteristics of Foreign-born Workers Summary.

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