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Unemployment Rate for the Foreign-Born Increases to 9.2% in 2020

The unemployment rate for foreign-born persons in the United States was 9.2 percent in 2020,…

  • June 7, 2021

The unemployment rate for foreign-born persons in the United States was 9.2 percent in 2020, up sharply from 3.1 percent in 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

The jobless rate of native-born persons also increased sharply; it was 7.8 percent in 2020, up from 3.8 percent in 2019.

The marked increases in these measures reflect the effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In 2020, the share of the U.S. civilian labor force that is foreign born was 17 percent, down from 17.4 percent in 2019.

From 2019 to 2020, the overall labor force declined by 2.8 million; the foreign born accounted for 1.1 million of this decline, or 38.4 percent.