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

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Rachel Stoltzfoos Staff Reporter
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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.

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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)

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