A new report reveals the number of foreign-born workers in the U.S. is on the rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were nearly 27 million foreign-born workers in the U.S. in 2016, an increase of 700,000 over the previous year. The number equates to nearly 17% of the current workforce. In 1996, immigrants accounted for only 10.8 percent of the workforce.
The report defines foreign born workers as individuals who reside in the U.S. but were born outside the country to parents who were not American citizens. It doesn’t distinguish between legally admitted immigrants, refugees, temporary residents, and illegal aliens.
The report also shows that foreign-born workers are distributed across different skill levels and industries, working in jobs ranging from construction, information technology, farming, engineering and life sciences.
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