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Foreign-born workers by region, 2008

March 31, 2009

In 2008, 24.1 million persons, or 15.6 percent of the U.S. civilian labor force age 16 and over, were foreign born.

Foreign born as a percent of labor force, by region, 2008
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By region, the foreign born made up a larger share of the total labor force in the West (24.1 percent) and in the Northeast (17.9 percent) than for the nation as a whole.

In contrast, the shares of the labor force made up by foreign-born workers in the South (13.8 percent) and Midwest (7.8 percent) were less than for the nation.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. Find more information in "Foreign-born Workers: Labor Force Characteristics in 2008" (PDF) (HTML), news release USDL 09- 0303.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Foreign-born workers by region, 2008 at (visited June 20, 2024).

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