Immigrants’ Share of the U.S. Labor Force Grows to a New High

Native-born workers’ slice is shrinking as retirements rise and population growth slows

Growth of the immigrant labor force has been crucial for industries that depend on in-person workers, such as construction. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Foreign-born workers’ share of the U.S. labor force rose last year to the highest level in 27 years of records, as labor demand surged and the pandemic faded.

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