Study Suggests That Immigrants Soaked Up 2/3rds Of The Jobs Gains


(Washington Times) Two-thirds of those who have found employment under President Obama are immigrants, both legal and illegal, according to an analysis that suggests immigration has soaked up a large portion of what little job growth there has been over the past three years.

The Center for Immigration Studies is releasing the study Thursday morning, a day ahead of the final Labor Department unemployment report of the campaign season, which is expected to show a sluggish job market more than three years into the economic recovery.

That slow market, combined with the immigration numbers, could explain why Mr. Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney have struggled to find a winning jobs message in some of the country’s hardest-hit postindustrial regions.

“It’s extraordinary that most of the employment growth in the last four years has gone to the foreign-born, but what’s even more extraordinary is the issue has not even come up during a presidential election that is so focused on jobs,” said Steven A. Camarota, the center’s research director, who wrote the report along with demographer Karen Zeigler.

His numbers are stark: Since the first quarter of 2009, the number of immigrants of working age (16 to 65) who are employed has risen 2 million, from 21.2 million to 23.2 million. During the same time, native-born employment has risen just 1 million, to reach 119.9 million.

Oh, and speaking of jobs reports, the Labor Department will release it’s jobs report on time Friday. ADP has their report out now

Companies added 158,000 jobs in October, data from a payrolls processor showed on Thursday in a revamped report on the private sector labor market.

That sound pretty good, eh? Liberals were ecstatic over that report. But…

The historical data for the ADP National Employment Report was revised as part of the new methodology, which was used for the first time in the October report. September’s increase has halved to 88,200 new jobs from an initially reported 162,000.

This is the Obameconomy.

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5 Responses to “Study Suggests That Immigrants Soaked Up 2/3rds Of The Jobs Gains”

  1. The MUSEman says:

    Not surprising: One might argue that, in a global economy, America’s pre-emminence in the world may decrease a bit, and thus some of this is expected. However, Obama’s policies – wealth redistribution, massive debt, punishing success, ObamaCare’s costs – have done everything to destroy it at a remarkable, possibly irrecoverable, pace.

    Remember when, during the Bush Recovery after 9/11, the Liberals said it wasn’t a real recovery because of all the “burger flipper” jobs? Once again, the Hypocrisy of the Liberal.

    Thanks for reading!

  2. john says:

    what is ironic is that the head of the conservative leaning Center for Immigration studies is himself an immigrant.

  3. john says:

    and about 25% of our workforce are immigrants? that seems a bit high. Maybe they all havjobs or something…..

  4. john says:

    Also Teach perhaps you would like to read the article in The Wall Street Journal (2004) which strongly linked the Center for Immigration Studies with John Tanton the white supremist. Teach you really ought to do some checking before posting unless you too agree.

  5. Gumball_Brains says:

    ummm.. not seeing the linkage. But then, I really didn’t expect a racist to make sense.

    If this is true, then it only shows that most of the jobs created are not full-time good wage jobs. They are low-skilled low-wage, part-time jobs.

    And, as was pointed out this morning, any job, from 1 hour a week, to 80 hours or more a week, .. are considered to be a job with the BLS. So, if a job hired 8 people to work one hour each.. that will be 8 jobs created for Obama.

    But, what businesses and the IRS do is convert those part time jobs to FTE, Full-Time Equivalent. The BLS should do the same. But then, we do have the E6 number to help. That is about 15% unemployment.

    I still expect it to be higher seeing that most of the age and racial groups are in the 20%’s levels.

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