According to CBS's breakdown of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development numbers which calculated the labor force participation rate, there are a combined 25 million immigrants working in the U.S. today. Among them are legal, temporary, refugee and undocumented immigrants that data cannot properly divide.
With that in mind, here are some slightly surprising statistics that make sense after you wrap your head around existing factors, like complacency and being born into an easier situation.
The percentage of foreign adults in the workforce is higher than that of native-born adults
73.4% of immigrants vs. 71.1% of native born are employed or actively looking for a job.
Immigrants earn less than native-born with the pay gap increasing as the population ages
The wages of younger immigrants compared to those of native-born individuals are nearly comparable, but then discrepancies arise according to age and gender.
Educated immigrants earn more than native-born workers with comparable degrees
Immigrants with college degrees earn 2.8% more than native-born workers with a similar level of education.
Immigrants are more likely to own businesses than native-born Americans
10.5% vs. 9.3% - an immigrant is roughly 10% more likely to own a business than a native-born person.
For every 10,000 immigrants in the U.S., 62 will start a business
That's more than double the rate of a native-born individual.
Immigrants were involved in founding one-quarter of the companies that went public between 1990 and 2005
What's more, one-third of the companies that went public between 2006 and 2012 had at least one immigrant founder.