(CNSNews.com) - The number of foreign-born individuals holding jobs in the United States increased by 279,000 to 25,098,000 in May, according to data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
In January 2009, when President Obama took office, there were 21,375,000 foreign-born workers employed in the United States. Since then, the number has increased by 3,723,000.
In its data on foreign-born workers, the BLS does not distinguish between legal immigrants to the United States, who are permitted to work here, and illegal aliens, who are not.
“The foreign born are persons who reside in the United States but who were born outside the country or one of its outlying areas to parents who were not U.S. citizens,” says BLS.
The foreign born include legally-admitted immigrants, refugees, temporary residents such as students and temporary workers, and undocumented immigrants. The survey does not separately identify the numbers of persons in these categories.”
The 25,098,000 foreign-born workers employed here in May was only 10,000 workers shy of the record high of 25,108,000 recorded in November 2014.
Just as foreign-born workers increased over the month, so too did native-born workers. There were 124,251,000 native-born workers employed in May, which was up 482,000 from the 123,769,000 employed in April.
For native-born workers the unemployment rate increased to 5.4 percent in May from 5.1 percent in April. But for foreign-born workers the unemployment rate declined to 4.7 percent in May from 4.9 percent in April.