How the undocumented immigrant workforce has changed since 2009

Donna Tam Nov 3, 2016
Mexican agricultural workers prepare to start a shift on a lettuce farm in Holtville, California.   John Moore/Getty Images

How the undocumented immigrant workforce has changed since 2009

Donna Tam Nov 3, 2016
Mexican agricultural workers prepare to start a shift on a lettuce farm in Holtville, California.   John Moore/Getty Images

The number of working undocumented immigrants in the U.S. remains stable, according to a report from the Pew Research Center released Thursday.

Pew reviewed the workforce across the country and determined that while some states had an increase in its undocumented immigrants workforce, more states had a decrease, leaving the total population “virtually unchanged” since 2009.  This follows a large influx in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Estimated number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. labor force stabilizes since 2009

Immigration is a major talking point this election, especially when it comes to the economy and the American workforce. As Pew and others have pointed out, this population of 8 million people accounts for roughly 5 percent of the U.S.’s workforce. A couple more findings (and charts) from Pew:

Six states had an increase in population,while seven with decreases.

Estimated unauthorized immigrant workforce declined in eight states, grew in seven from 2009 to 2014

Pew also broke down the industries and occupations where undocumented immigrants account for a large part of the workforce.

Some U.S. industries and occupations have high shares of unauthorized immigrant workers

See the full report here.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the time period documented by Pew. The text has been corrected.

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