Immigrant Displacement Of American Workers At Second-Highest Level In Obama Era (Last Month Was Highest)

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Edwin S. Rubenstein
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9 October 2016
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Our American Future
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Friday’s release of jobs data for September showed unemployment up and weak job growth—but more significantly, in a development apparently only tracked by, immigrant displacement of American workers is now at its second-highest level for the Obama years. (August was the highest). Additionally, there’s continued evidence that an unreported immigration surge is underway, right in time for the election season.

Rarely has the relationship between the immigration and employment issues been as clear. Over the past 12 months (September 2015 to September 2016) seasonally unadjusted BLS data show:

  • The immigrant population of working age grew by 1.471 million, or 3.6%; the corresponding native-born American population grew by 1.3 million, up a mere 0.6%.
  • Immigrant employment rose by 1.218 million, a 4.9% gain, while native-born American workers gained 1.780 million positions, a gain of only 1.4%.
  • The number of unemployed native-born Americans rose by 37,000, a gain of 0.6%, while the number of unemployed immigrants shrank by 5,000 – a 0.4% decline.
  • The immigrant unemployment rate fell from 4.6% to 4.4%; the native-born jobless rate remained at 4.9%.

Employers added 156,000 jobs in September 2016, a troubling decline from the 178,000 average for 2016 year to date. The “other” employment survey, of households rather than employers, shows a more robust job performance for the month.

In September:

  • Total Household Survey employment rose by 354,000, up by 0.23%
  • Native-born American employment rose by 311,000 up by 0.25%
  • Foreign-born employment rose by 43,000, up by 0.16%

Native-born American workers have lost ground to their foreign-born competitors throughout the Obama years, but the trend has accelerated significantly over the past few months. The displacement of native-born Americans by immigrants hit an Obama-era high in August. September 2016 ranks second worst among the 93 months of Obama’s tenure in the displacement of American workers by immigrants...

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