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New Data: US-Born Workers Lose Jobs While Foreign-Born Find Them

U.S. residents born in the country lost 320,000 jobs in the past two months while the number of foreign-born residents holding jobs in the country increased by 306,000.

Another strong jobs report released Friday shows the economy added 292,000 new jobs in December. It also shows more foreign-born residents are working while fewer U.S.-born residents are working. (RELATED: New Chart Illustrates Explosive Growth Of US Immigrant Population)

In November and December an additional 306,000 foreign-born residents of the country found employment, the Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows. In those same two months 320,000 U.S.-born residents lost their jobs or left the workforce.

A side by side comparison of employment levels for U.S.-born and foreign-born residents since the 2008 recession shows the number of jobs held by foreign-born residents has increased more steadily and at a faster rate than the number of jobs held by U.S.-born residents.

U.S.-born employment level:


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Since 1970, the foreign-born population has increased by more than 325 percent while wages and share of income fell. (RELATED: Wages Declined As Immigration Surged)

Wages remain flat and record numbers of Americans are not in the workforce. In September, nearly 40 percent of people in the U.S. ages 16 and older were not employed or looking for work.

By 2023 the foreign-born population will exceed 51 million — the largest share of total population ever recorded in American history — the Census Bureau recently projected. (RELATED: 1965 Immigration Law Exploded Foreign-Born Population)

Nearly one in five U.S. residents will be an immigrant by 2060, largely because of legal immigration, not illegal immigration, a previous Center for Immigration Studies analysis of the Census data found. And immigrants will account for 82 percent of population growth in the U.S. from 2010 through 2060.

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