Foreign-Born Claim All Job Gains among Women Since Recession

By Published on May 9, 2015

The number of foreign-born workers with jobs increased by about 1.4 million since the 2007 recession began, compared to a decline of 143,000 in the number of U.S. born women with jobs, BLS data on women 16 and older shows.

At the same time, the population of U.S. born women increased by about 4.4 million, while the population of foreign-born women increased by about 2 million, according to Census Bureau data from March, 2007 and March, 2012.

So even though the U.S.-born population grew by more than twice as much as the foreign-born population, they suffered a net loss of jobs, and the foreign-born population saw a big increase in employment.

The foreign-born population of the U.S. has increased 325 percent since 1970, and the Census Bureau projects it will reach 51 million by 2023, which would be the largest share of total population ever recorded in American history.

And by 2060 nearly one in five U.S. residents will be an immigrant — largely because of legal immigration, not illegal immigration — an analysis of the Census data by the Center for Immigration Studies found.

Of the top GOP presidential contenders, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is the only one even talking about limiting the flow of foreign workers rather than increasing it. Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, are all pushing for more foreign workers and more legal immigration overall.

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton said this week she wants to legalize everybody in the country as fast as possible and provide a path to citizenship for those who are here illegally.


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