This week BLS unveiled the redesign of another of our publications, Spotlight on Statistics. Spotlight on Statistics features graphics, maps, and brief written analysis in a new and appealing slideshow format to illustrate information about the U.S. labor market and economy. New editions of Spotlight on Statistics are published several times a year. The newest edition of Spotlight on Statistics examines foreign-born workers in the U.S. labor force. In 2012, there were 25 million foreign-born persons age 16 years and older in the U.S. labor force, representing 16.1 percent of the total. About 38 percent of the foreign born were from Mexico and Central America, and 28 percent were from Asia (including the Middle East). In 2012, foreign-born men were more likely to be labor force participants (78.5 percent) than were native-born men (68.6 percent). In contrast, foreign-born women were less likely than native-born women to participate in the labor force, 54.8 percent versus 58.2 percent.
Also, here is a link to my statement on the July employment situation news release: