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Almost 7 in 10 foreign-born workers aged 55-64 are in the labor force



In 2016, "the proportion of the foreign-born* labor force made up of 25-54-year-olds (73.4%) was higher than for the native-born* labor force (62.4%)." For 55-64-year-olds, 67.2% of foreign-born workers are in the labor force, compared to 63.5%, the rate for native-born. Among those aged 65+, 19.8% of foreign-born and 19.2% of native-born are in the labor force, according to a 2017 analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (p. 1-2 and Table 1).
*The foreign born are persons residing in the United States who were not U.S. citizens at birth...this includes legally-admitted immigrants, refugees, temporary residents such as students and temporary workers, and undocumented immigrants...The native born are persons born in the United States or one of its outlying areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam or who were born abroad of at least one parent who was a U.S. citizen.
Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2017). Foreign born workers: Labor force characteristics - 2016. Washington DC: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from this source.
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