What percent of construction workers are immigrants? According to the most recent American Community Survey (ACS), the number of immigrant workers in construction approached 2.8 million in 2019, the highest level recorded by the ACS. Immigrant workers now account for 24% of the construction workforce, slightly below the 2016 record high share of 24.4%.
How does immigration affect the construction industry? Breaking the industries down, there are nearly 2.5 million immigrant workers (roughly a quarter of the total workforce) in the construction industry, and at least one in eight workers in architectural, engineering, and related services, and one in seven workers in clay building material manufacturing are immigrants.
What is the most common job for immigrants? Construction laborers occupy the top spot among immigrant workers (26 percent) and the third spot for native workers (11 percent). Construction managers and carpenters are also among the most common occupations for both native-born and foreign-born workers in this sector.
What percent of laborers are immigrants? Immigrants were hit harder than U.S.-born workers at the beginning of the pandemic, but they have since closed the gap, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data. There were 27.3 million foreign-born workers in the U.S. in 2020, accounting for 17.0% of the total labor force.