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16.1 percent of the U.S. labor force was foreign-born in 2012

This chart from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that “(i)n 2012 there were 25 million foreign-born persons age 16 years and older in the U.S. labor force, representing 16.1 percent of the total.”

Further breaking down the chart, the majority of foreign-born workers came from Mexico and Central America accounting for about 38 percent, or 9.5 million people, of the labor force. Twenty-eight percent, or 7 million workers, were from Asia.

That means that roughly 66 percent, or two-thirds (16.5 million people), of all foreign-born workers came from Mexico, Central America or Asia. The remaining third, about 34 percent, came from Europe, the Caribbean, South America, Africa, Canada, Bermuda, Oceania and other areas not specified.

Native-born workers accounted for about 130 million workers.

To see more stats go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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