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January 37, 2009

Chart 1:

Labor Force Status Of The Civilian Non-Institutional Population 16 Years And Over By US- Or Foreign-Born Status, Annual Averages 1996-2007 

(Levels in thousands)

 

Labor force status and
foreign-born status

1996

2000

2006

2007

 Increase, 2000-07

% Increase, 2000-07

 Increase, 2006-07

% Increase, 2006-07

 

Population

 POPULATION (1,000`s)

 

Total

             200,591

      209,699

            228,815

            231,867

               22,168

10.6%

3,052

1.3%

 

  US born

             178,243

      183,173

            195,082

            196,850

               13,677

7.5%

1,768

0.9%

 

  Foreign born

               22,348

        26,527

              33,733

             35,017

                8,490

32.0%

1,284

3.8%

 

    Percent of total

11.1%

12.7%

14.7%

15.1%

38.3%

302.8%

42.1%

285.4%

 

Labor force

 LABOR FORCE (1,000s)

 

Total

             134,130

      140,863

151,428

153,124

               12,261

8.7%

1,696

1.1%

 

  US born

             119,697

      123,158

128,280

129,130

                5,972

4.8%

850

0.7%

 

  Foreign born

               14,433

        17,705

23,148

23,994

                6,289

35.5%

846

3.7%

 

    Percent of total

10.8%

12.6%

15.3%

15.7%

51.3%

408.1%

49.9%

326.3%

 

LF participation rate

 LF PARTICIPATION RATE (%)

 

Total

                  66.9

           67.2

                 66.2

                 66.0

                   (1.2)

-1.8%

-0.2

-0.3%

 

  US born

                  67.2

           67.2

                 65.8

                 65.6

                   (1.6)

-2.4%

-0.2

-0.3%

 

  Foreign born

                  64.6

           66.7

                 66.6

                 68.5

                    1.8

2.7%

1.9

2.9%

 

Employed

 EMPLOYMENT (1,000s)

 

Total

             126,818

      135,208

            144,427

            146,047

               10,839

8.0%

1,620

1.1%

 

  US born

             113,395

      118,254

            122,202

            123,079

                4,825

4.1%

877

0.7%

 

  Foreign born

               13,423

        16,954

              22,225

             22,967

                6,013

35.5%

742

3.3%

 

    Percent of total

10.6%

12.5%

15.4%

15.7%

55.5%

442.4%

45.8%

297.6%

 

Unemployed

 UNEMPLOYMENT (1,000s)

 

Total

                7,312

         5,655

               7,001

               7,078

                1,423

25.2%

77

1.1%

 

  US born

                6,302

         4,904

               6,078

               6,051

                1,147

23.4%

-27

-0.4%

 

  Foreign born

                1,009

            751

                  993

               1,027

                   276

36.8%

34

3.4%

 

    Percent of total

13.8%

13.3%

14.2%

14.5%

19.4%

146.0%

44.2%

311.3%

 

Unemployment rate

 UNEMPLOYMENT RATE (%)

 

Total

                    5.5

             4.0

                   4.6

                   4.6

                    0.6

15.0%

0.0

0.0%

 

  US born

                    5.3

             4.0

                   4.7

                   4.7

                    0.7

17.5%

0.0

0.0%

 

  Foreign born

                    7.0

             4.2

                   4.0

                   4.3

                    0.1

2.4%

0.3

7.5%

 

SOURCES: 1996-2005: Unpublished foreign born tables, Current Population Survey, Bureau of Labor Statistics. From Abraham Mosisa, Census Bureau, (202) 691-6346.

2006-2007: BLS, "Foreign-born Workers: Labor Force Characteristics in 2007," March 28, 2008.[PDF]

 
 
 
 

 

Edwin S. Rubenstein (email him) is President of ESR Research Economic Consultants in Indianapolis.