The top 10 industries for unauthorized immigrants in the U.S.
There are no major American industries where immigrants outnumber U.S. born workers, per data from Pew Research. Immigrants made up 17.1% (27.6 million) of the total 161.4 million U.S. workforce in 2014. Of that, about 5% (8 million) were in the country illegally or had overstayed their visas.
Below is a list of the top 10 industries in which workers are most likely to be immigrants:
- Top 5 unauthorized immigrant-intensive "industries" in 2014: private households (22%); farm sector (18%); textile, apparel, and leather manufacturers (14%); food manufacturing (13%); construction (13%).
- The next 5: accommodation (11%); administrative and support services (11%); misc. and not specified manufacturing (7%); personal and laundry services (7%); computer and electronics (5%).