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Pew: US labor force would shrink without new immigrants

Pew: US labor force would shrink without new immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's workforce will only grow over the next two decades if new immigrants arrive to replace retiring Baby Boomers, a report from the Pew Research Center finds.

Pew projects that the U.S. working-age (25-64) population will grow from 173 million in 2015 to 183 million in 2035. But new immigrants will account for all the growth. Without them, the number of working-age Americans would drop to 166 million by 2035.

As Baby Boomers retire, the number of U.S.-born working-age adults with U.S.-born parents will account for a smaller share of working-age population: 66 percent in 2035, down from 74 percent in 2015.

Pew's projections are based on current rates of immigration and combine legal immigrants with those who enter the United States illegally.