Foreign born and unemployment, 2005
April 17, 2006
The unemployment rate of the foreign born was 4.6 percent in 2005, down from 5.5 percent in 2004.
Among the native born, the unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in 2005, also down from 5.5 percent in the prior year. In 2005, the unemployment rate of the foreign born was lower than that of the native born for the first time since the data series began in 1996.
Men made up a larger proportion of the foreign-born labor force (60 percent) in 2005 than they did of the native-born labor force (52 percent). Between 2004 and 2005, the unemployment rate for foreign-born men declined from 5.0 to 4.1 percent. For native-born men, the rate fell from 5.8 percent to 5.3 percent.
Over the year, the unemployment rate for foreign-born women declined from 6.3 to 5.4 percent. For native-born women, the rate fell from 5.3 percent to 5.0 percent.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Foreign born and unemployment, 2005 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2006/apr/wk3/art01.htm (visited October 02, 2014).
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