The number of foreign-born people employed in the United States hit a record high in March, according to data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
According to the BLS, 25,741,000 foreign-born people had a job in the U.S. last month, an increase of 246,000 over the previous high recorded in November. The unemployment rate among the foreign-born population was 4.8 percent.T
he BLS statistics on the foreign-born do not distinguish between people who are in the country legally versus illegally. The agency’s data on foreign-born employment is available through 2005.
“The foreign born are those residing in the United States who were not U.S. citizens at birth. That is, they were born outside the United States or one of its outlying areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam, to parents neither of whom was a U.S. citizen,” reads the BLS definition. “The native born are persons who were born in the United States or one of its outlying areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam or who were born abroad of at least one parent who was a U.S. citizen.”
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