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Nearly 1 in 3.6 Working-Age, Native-Born Americans Not in the Labor Force

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While the Obama Administration touts the lower unemployment rate, the number of working-age, native-born Americans out of the workforce has remained “virtually unchanged” over the past four years, according to a Center for Immigration Studies analysis of government employment statistics.

The report, authored by CIS’ director of research Steven Camarota, reveals that during the first quarter of 2016, nearly 48.5 million working-age, native-born Americans were not in the labor force. In other words, 28 percent of American-born citizens ages 16 to 65 years old were neither employed nor looking for work.

According to Camarota, the percentage of working-age natives out of the workforce has been lower over past quarters. During the first quarter of 2000 just 22.9 percent of working-age natives were out of the workforce and in the first quarter of 2007, 25.3 percent of working-age natives were out of the workforce – READ MORE

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