Workers harvest cantaloupes from fields near Firebaugh, Calif., on Friday July 25, 2014.

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The number of workers born outside the U.S. made up 18.1% of the U.S. labor force last year, the highest number recorded in almost 30 years, as reported in a news release from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This percentage is “up from 17.4% the prior year and the highest level in data back to 1996,” with a total of 29.8 million immigrants who were employed or actively looking for jobs in the labor force last year, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The news release listed highlights from the 2022 data, which included:

The unemployment rate for foreign-born workers declined 2.2% from the previous year.
The jobless rate for native-born workers decreased 1.6%.
Foreign-born men participate in the labor force at a rate higher than native-born men, while native-born women participate at a higher rate than foreign-born women.

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Abraham Mosisa, a senior economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, told Axios, “The U.S. labor force participation rate of native-born men has been consistently decreasing.”

He said the pandemic caused a decrease in the steady trend of foreign-born people joining the workforce, which made the increase “look a bit more striking than it is.”

The Wall Street Journal said the decrease in U.S. population growth and increase of people aging out of the workforce during the pandemic created labor shortages and increased job opportunities.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

      

Number of workers born outside U.S. hits all-time high

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