Thursday, November 20, 2014

A case where the headline says it all

Obama’s Amnesty Will Add As Many Foreign Workers As New Jobs Since 2009

Well, the headline doesn't quite say it all, as the article is rather good. Here's an additional nugget worth pointing out:
Each year, the nation accepts one million new [legal] immigrants, or roughly five million since 2009. That total includes roughly 3.5 million working-age immigrants, which is slightly less than the number of Americans — 4.3 million — who turn 18 each year.

Also, companies annually hire roughly 450,000 blue-collar guest workers and roughly 200,000 white-collar guest workers. Most of these guest workers stay for less than a year, but many stay for six years. [emphasis added]
 And he didn't even kiss us.

One final bit:
The surplus of domestic and foreign job-seekers also helps ensure that U.S. median wages have flat-lined since 2000. Economists — including Obama’s top economic adviser — say that wages stall when the labor supply is larger than the supply of new jobs.
So remember that they known goddamned well & good what they're doing to American workers by opening the floodgates even wider for more immigration. It works to reduce employment and wages for the native born.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Another look at emploment numbers

Taken from a series of comments elsewhere. I'm not going to edit them, just leave them as the stream of consciousness-data spewing that they were, with a few minor formatting changes:


Just because it’s what I do:

Full Time Employment is currently ~2,243,000 BELOW what it was at the peak in November of 2007.

Employment Level – 25 to 54 years is currently ~4,670,000 BELOW what it was at the peak in November of 2007.

Percentage of Population Employed – 25 to 54 years is currently ~2.87% BELOW what it was at the peak in November of 2007.

Still haven’t bothered to find full-time employment numbers for 25 to 54 years. Anyone want to bet that number is any better than the ones above?

Anyway, the above is all the argument necessary against continued immigration into this country of any kind. Those arguing for it can only be assumed to be against American workers.


Foreign born employed is up almost two million since the last peak, BTW. Not a direct proxy for illegal immigration, but a fine proxy for immigration overall. That’s series LNU02073395.


Yikes, still haven’t broken out the monthly data, but I got curious and found a good proxy for what I want with annual averages for

25 to 54 worked 35 or more hours a week (000s)
2007 78,854
2013 73,589

So that’s a drop of 5,265,000 full-time jobs for people in their prime working years, from 2007 to 2013. That demographic only declined by about 1,300,000 over that time frame, so that isn’t a demographic shift: that is economic ruination. As a percentage of that age group, that’s over 3.5% fewer people [in this age group] with full-time jobs.

Again, over a similar time period foreign born workers gained about 2,000,000 jobs, so the actual numbers for native born workers are actually considerably worse.

Tell me how cheap labor is going to make up for THAT mess!

Link 2007 data

Link 2013 data