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Immigrants Working In America, In Two Graphics

For more on this theme, see our post What America Does For Work, and see more from our Graphing America series.

The U.S. is still a nation of immigrants: One in six U.S. workers was born somewhere else.

U.S. Labor Force By Country of Birth

These figures come from the Census Bureau and include people who are here temporarily as students or on special visas; naturalized citizens and other permanent residents; and people who are in the U.S. without legal permission.

The next graphic, taken from the same data set, shows a breakdown of where people work. For example, 1.7 percent of workers born in the U.S. work in agriculture; among African-born workers in this country, 0.5 percent work in agriculture.

Jobs Held People Born In The U.S. And Elsewhere