The Employment Situation of Immigrants and the U.S.-Born in the First Quarter of 2022

Article subtitle: 
Covid-19 exacerbated long-term decline in labor force participation
Article author: 
Steven A. Camarota and Karen Zeigler
Article publisher: 
Center for Immigration Studies
Article date: 
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Article category: 
National Issues
Article Body: 

While the overall unemployment rate for immigrants and the U.S.-born has returned to pre-pandemic levels, this obscures the low labor force participation rate of the U.S.-born, particularly those without a bachelor’s degree. The unemployed only includes those who have actively looked for a job in the prior four weeks, while labor force participation measures the share of all working-age people holding a job or actively looking for one. If the labor force participation rate for these less-educated Americans was the same in 2022 as it was 2000, then seven million more people would be in the labor force. . . .