New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows differences in employment status between native-born and foreign-born Blacks in the United States. And the data is broken down by education level.
In 2017, 15.6 percent of native-born Blacks without a high school diploma were unemployed. For foreign-born Blacks without a high school diploma, only 6.5 percent were unemployed. The Labor Department defines unemployment as those actively seeking employment but unable to find it. Those who have dropped out of the labor force altogether for whatever reason are not included in the unemployment rate.
For high school graduates with no college experience, the unemployment rate for native-born Blacks was 8.2 percent in 2017. For foreign-born Blacks with a high school diploma but no college experience, the unemployment rate was 5.5 percent.
Native-born Blacks with at least a bachelor’s degree had an unemployment rate of 3.1 percent in 2017. This was lower than the rate for foreign-born Blacks with a college degree, which stood at 5 percent.