March 27, 2009
The unemployment rate for the foreign born was 5.8 percent in 2008, up from 4.3 percent in 2007. The jobless rate of the native born also increased to 5.8 percent in 2008; it was 4.7 percent in the prior year.
The over-the-year increase in the unemployment rate of foreign-born workers reflected increases in the rates for both men and women. The unemployment rate for foreign-born men rose from 4.1 to 5.7 percent, and the rate for foreign-born women was up from 4.6 to 6.0 percent.
Among the native born, the rate for men rose from 4.9 to 6.2 percent, while the rate for women was up from 4.5 to 5.3 percent in 2008.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment and foreign-born workers, 2008 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/mar/wk4/art05.htm (visited November 30, 2015).
Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.