Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

The May Review. (Labor Month in Review).(Brief Article)(Statistical Data Included)

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

The May Review. (Labor Month in Review).(Brief Article)(Statistical Data Included)

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Foreign-born workers made up only about 1 in 17 workers in 1960 versus 1 in 8 workers in 2000. As Abraham Mosisa points out in his article, the large increase in foreign-born workers is having an impact not only on the aggregate size of the labor force, but on its ethnic, racial, and educational composition as well:

* Immigrants accounted for about half the net increase of the labor force between 1996 and 2000.

* Immigrants today are much more likely to be from Latin America or Asia than they were in 1960 when three quarters of immigration was from Europe.

* Immigrants tend to be divided between persons with relatively high levels of education and those with relatively low levels, with relatively few in between.

Mitra Toossi extends the horizon of the Bureau's basic labor force projection out to the middle of the century. In general, she finds that labor force growth will, at an average of 0. …

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