Mar 20, 2017

The top 10 industries for unauthorized immigrants in the U.S.

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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%).
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