9/5/14, "24,639,000: Record Number of Foreign-Born Hold Jobs in U.S.," CNS News, Ali Meyer
24,639,000 in August, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS has been tracking the number of foreign-born workers annually since 2005 and monthly since 2007.
The BLS does not distinguish between foreign-born individuals who are
in the United States legally and those who are here illegally.
“The foreign born are those who reside in the United States but who
were born outside the country or one of its outlying areas to parents
who were not U.S. citizens,” the BLS explains. “The foreign born include
legally-admitted immigrants, refugees, temporary residents such as
students and temporary workers, and undocumented immigrants. The survey
data, however, do not separately identify the numbers of persons in
The 24,639,000 foreign-born workers who held jobs in the United
States in August was up 557,000 from July, when 24,082,000 foreign-born
workers held jobs. These are non-seasonally adjusted numbers.
In the year from August 2013 to August 2014, the number of
foreign-born workers holding jobs in the United States climbed by
806,000, from 23,833,000 to 24,639,000. During the same August-to-August
period, the number of native-born Americans holding jobs increased
from 120,676,000 to 122,008,000, a climb of 1,332,000.
Of the 146,647,000 people with jobs in the United States in August
(in the BLS’s non-seasonally adjusted data), the 24,639,000 foreign-born
workers equaled 16.8 percent of the jobholders. But of the 2,138,000
increase in jobholders from August 2013 to August 2014, the 806,000
increase in foreign-born jobholders equaled 37.7 percent of the total." Chart via CNS News, BLS statistics. via Lucianne