April 03, 2009
In terms of educational attainment, 26.4 percent of the foreign-born labor force 25 years old and over had not completed high school in 2008, compared with 5.8 percent of the native-born labor force.
Similar proportions of foreign-born and native-born persons in the labor force had a bachelor’s or higher degree (31.7 and 34.6 percent, respectively).
Foreign-born workers were less likely than native-born workers to have some college or an associate degree.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Foreign-born labor force and educational attainment in 2008 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/mar/wk5/art05.htm (visited November 25, 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.