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November 2011, Vol. 134, No. 11
Asians in the U.S. labor force: profile of a diverse population
Mary Dorinda Allard
Mary Dorinda Allard is chief of the Division of Labor Force Statistics at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The labor force characteristics of the Nation's 11.2 million Asians vary considerably when the data are disaggregated by Asian group; this report examines similarities and differences in labor force participation, employment, unemployment, and more for the Asian groups, particularly during the 2008–2010 period.
In 2010, the Nation's 11.2 million Asians accounted for 4.7 percent of the U.S. civilian noninstitutional population ages 16 and older, according to data from the Current Population Survey (CPS). The largest Asian group in 2010 were the Chinese, making up 22 percent of all Asians. Next came Asian Indians, who made up 18 percent, followed by Filipinos (17 percent), Vietnamese (11 percent), Koreans (10 percent), and Japanese (6 percent). The remainder—16 percent—were classified as Other Asians. CPS data show wide variations in labor market activities from group to group.
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