Unemployment rate for foreign-born workers falls Senate moves ahead with new H-1B bill
The unemployment rate for foreign-born persons in the United
States was 8.1 percent in 2012, down from 9.1 percent in 2011, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The jobless rate of native-born
persons also fell to 8.1 percent in 2012, down from 8.9 percent in the
In 2012, there were 25.0 million foreign-born persons in the U.S. labor
force, comprising 16.1 percent of the total.
- Hispanics accounted for 48.3 percent of the foreign-born labor force in 2012, and Asians accounted for 23.7 percent.
- Foreign-born workers were more likely than native-born workers to be employed in service occupations; production, transportation, and material moving occupations; and natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations.
At the same time the Senate proceeds with a new Immigration bill going to the floor, where attempts to amend it are expected before a final vote is taken some time in the next several months.
The Senate debate will begin next month. The House, meanwhile, has been
preparing its own comprehensive immigration bill for vote. There are a lot of areas in the Senate bill that are certain to draw criticism, particularly some last-minute changes.
The original bill, drafted by a bipartisan Senate group dubbed the Gang of
Eight, would raise the base cap on H-1B visas from 65,000 to 110,000, with an escalator that can increase the cap to 180,000 in increments of 10,000 in response to demand. The tech industry wanted a cap of at least 300,000.
The revised bill raises the initial cap to 115,000, a small, seemingly spiteful incremental increase.