Employment data released last week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed record high levels of foreign-born workers participating in the American workforce, while native-born workforce participation has stagnated.
“In 2022, foreign-born men were considerably more likely to be labor force participants (77.4 percent) than were their native-born counterparts (66.0 percent),” said the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The BLS highlighted the significant percentage increase in foreign born participation in the workforce, and the much greater percentage of non-native men participating in the workforce versus the percentage of native-born American men who entered the workforce.
Only 66 percent of native-born men worked in 2022 compared with 77.4 percent of foreign-born men in the U.S.
During the government imposed lockdowns in 2020, both foreign and native-born participation in the workforce plummeted.
Native-born workforce participation recovered to its pre-lockdown numbers; however, foreign born participation surged far above its pre-lockdown numbers, accounting for a larger percentage of the U.S. workforce.
In 2022, foreign-born workers accounted for 18.1 percent of the American workforce, a significant increase compared to its consistent 17.0-17.4 percent since 2017.
The number of foreign born workers increased by 6.3 percent in 2022, increasing from 28 million to 29.8 million.
The sharp increase in 2022 corresponded to the record increase of illegal immigration in 2022.
Data published by Zero Hedge on X shows that the increase continued in 2023, which has faced record numbers of illegal immigrant encounters at the border.
The 2023 data shows that, while the number of foreign-born workers have increased significantly, 2023 ended with the same number of U.S. natives in the workforce as in July 2018.