Who Got Jobs During the Obama Presidency?

Steven A. Camarota and Karen Zeigler, Center for Immigration Studies, November 2012

A new analysis of government data shows that two-thirds of the net increase in employment since President Obama took office has gone to immigrant workers, primarily legal immigrants. Although the level of new immigration overall has fallen, legal immigration remains very high. While economists debate the extent to which immigrants displace natives, the new data make clear that there is no general labor shortage in the United States. This analysis calls into question the wisdom of bringing in more than a million new legal immigrants each year at a time when the employment situation remains bleak.

Among the findings of this analysis:

  • Since President Obama took office, 67 percent of employment growth has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal).
  • There were 1.94 million more immigrants (legal and illegal) working in the third quarter of 2012 than at the start of 2009, when the president took office. This compares to a 938,000 increase for natives over the same time period.
  • Most of the immigrant growth in employment was the result of new immigration, rather than immigrants already in the country taking jobs. Some 1.6 million new immigrant workers arrived from abroad since the start of 2009—we estimate 70 to 90 percent entered legally.
  • Immigrants made employment gains across the labor market. In occupations where immigrant gains were the largest, there were 2.2 million unemployed natives.
  • A large share of employment growth was going to immigrants well before President Obama took office. However, he has taken steps to increase the level of job competition from foreign-born workers:
    • He offered work authorization to an estimated two million illegal immigrants who arrived in the country before age 16—nearly 200,000 of whom have applied so far.
    • When auditing employers who hire illegal workers, the administration has not detained the illegal workers as a matter of policy, allowing them to take new jobs.
    • The administration called on the Supreme Court in 2010 to strike down Arizona’s law requiring employers to verify the legal status of new workers.
  • Natives have done better in the labor market recently. From the third quarter of 2011 to the third quarter of 2012, two-thirds of employment growth went to native-born workers.
  • Despite recent improvements, in the third quarter of 2012, there were a huge number of working-age (18 to 65) native-born Americans not employed:
    • 7.6 million with less than a high school education (18 to 65);
    • 18.1 million with only a high school education (18 to 65);
    • 15.8 million with some college (18 to 65); and
    • 9.2 million college graduates (18 to 65).
  • Some people who are not working do not wish to work. However, the broad measure of unemployment, which includes those who have given up looking for a job, shows a dismal picture for adult natives (18+) in the third quarter of 2012:
    • 30.8 percent for high school dropouts;
    • 18.1 percent for those only a high school education;
    • 13.8 percent for those with some college; and
    • 8 percent for all college graduates and 13 percent for college graduates under age 30.
  • While significantly more immigrants are presently working, their unemployment rate remains high and the share of working-age adults (18-65) holding a job has only slightly improved since President Obama took office.

[Editor’s Note: The full report is available at the original article link below.]

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  • libertarian1234

    One of Obama’s important goals is to crowd in non-whites anywhere he can do so by pressure from EEOC, mandating certain conditions in order to receive funds, and requiring all firms who bid on government contracts to have X number of non-whites on their work force.

    As the idiot midget, Robert Reich, suggested, concentration should be on hiring everybody but whites.

    Couple those requirements and policies with the messiah’s fanatical pursuit of inundating the country with non-whites to weaken the white power structure,  it looks like what he’s going to accomplish in reality is to replace blacks in most all the peon jobs with other non-whites since they’re a bit smarter and far better workers.    With an overabundance of Latin labor there’s going to be very few low tier jobs for blacks.

    And since cutbacks in the private labor force are occurring due to falling profits, AA blacks are not going to be gifted jobs as they were during boom times just so the corporate greed mongers can feel morally superior and say they’re not “prejudice.”

    Wouldn’t it be a shame if Obama causes the black male population to double it’s prison numbers, increase drug use and welfare rolls by about 100%, because other non-whites have inundated the job market?

    That could well occur.  And if it does, will someone speak out to the black community and ask, “How do you like the first black president you voted for because of race?”

  • Enrichment Zone Warning

    Two-thirds of the jobs to non white Diversity immigrants is how to “deleverege” White privilege and fundamentally transform the United (by force) States of America.

  • Puggg

    Vdare has been on this case ever since the current depression began.  They even have a numerical index for it.

  • There should be ZERO legal immigration to this country. Allowing legal immigrants
    into this country with double-digit unemployment is criminal. Allowing a
    million “legal” brown immigrants into this country (courtesy of the 19 65
    Hart-Cellar Act) every year is no less criminal. Illegal invaders need to be
    dealt with as the foreign invaders they are.

  • I think that instead of  chain migration, the US should do what Australia and other nations do is to change to a system based on needed skills. Immigrants would get points for their skills and proof of experience. They would have to prove mastery of the claimed occupational skill. The ones who get the most points gets the entry visa. With this type of system, we do not allow unskilled immigrants into the country.

    • Many of these “Skilled Immigration” Systems are subject to a lot of fraud, especially from Indians and the Chinese.

      Sure, it’s a step up from our current “Open Borders” System with the Third World.

      However, it’s important to consider that the American White Working Class has already been decimated by Mass Low-Skill Migration.

      Do we really need to destroy the White Professional Class too?

      Many Well Educated White American Professionals lose jobs to H1B visa hires, many of whom have dubious qualifications.


      Ideally, we should have an immigration moratorium until we reach full employment, and limit all future immigration to Western Nations.

      • I do not understand the need for the H1B visas if there are qualified people here that can do the job since from what I understand, the H1b visa holder has to be paid the prevaling wage for their field? So is it really cheaper to bring them in?

        • Sherman_McCoy

          But often, they are NOT paid the prevailing wage.  The system is rampant with fraud.

          • IstvanIN

            Yup, they get their withered old mothers on SSI, Medicaid and Food Stamps.  Indians are a net tax drain.

          • Yes…I see the old Vietnamese all the time. Most spent their formative years squatting in a rice paddy, and yet here they are living in America driving a luxury vehicle.
            Most do not speak more than a few words of English. How’d they manage to do
            that I wonder.

        • In the late 90’s, I worked at a university. I was talking to a computer guy who organized a high tech job fair. He said he invited all of the high tech and computer firms but none of the big names showed up.

          These companies aren’t even looking for local talent. They’re only interested in hiring from abroad to drive down high tech wages.

          The H1B program is a fraud.

        • Michael C. Scott

          As Sherman said, they are not paid the prevailing wage, but the plutocrats benefit in a more subtle way by being allowed to hire H-1bs.  The program has created an artificial surplus of certain skills (like in the IT industry) which serves to force wages down across the board.

      • We are the most educated and industrious country on this planet. The H1B visa program is a fraudulent program,sanctioned by this corrupted government. It allows a business to hire a foreigner at half the wage they might pay an American citizen, under the pretext “there are no Americans that can do the job.” It is not a” step up” from our current open borders system, which allows crony capitalists access to their “cheap labor.” They are one in the same.

        Our government has tried to justify the mass invasion of 30 million illegal invaders under the guise,” they are doing the jobs Americans will not do. Therefore, “no Americans to do the job or Americans will not do the job.”  Both are lies with the same result. Third world dregs replace Americans.

        • MikeofAges

           Worse than that. If an American technical or scientific worker expresses the willingness to work for the “foreign” wage they will not be trusted as an applicant. Employers choose which tier of worker they wish to hire through the salary they offer, and there is no possibility of crossover between the two.

        • Sherman_McCoy

          All quite true.  But our country has been hamstrung by having to support a mostly parasitic black population.  We should have cured cancer and been to Mars by now, but we have wasted trillions on a useless group of poverty queens, and have accomplished nothing thereby.

    • Dr. Möbias

      Would you support millions of those with “needed skills” from India and Africa to flood into Japan to displace the shrinking Japanese workforce?   Why is immigration only demanded of white countries?

      However did white Americas land men on the moon without importing skilled labor from “the best and brightest” from India and China?

      We don’t need skilled immigrants so long as one American engineer or IT worker is unemployed.

      This is not about importing immigrants, skilled or otherwise.  It is about dispossessing whites and only whites of their homelands through massive nonwhite immigration.

      • FourFooted_Messiah

         As another Canadian I keep seeing around keeps saying on the Canadian media sites under different names –

        Africa for Africans.

        China for the Chinese.

        Muslim countries for Muslims.

        White countries for everyone.

        Multiculturalism is just a code word for white genocide.


        I find I understand his point completely.

    • I believe Canada has a skilled immigrant program but they allow in thousands of ‘refugees’ and others who claim persecution. These systems always have ways around the program. They’re just a dog and pony shows  for the public.

      • FourFooted_Messiah

         Yes.  The so-called refugee system of Canada and Australia constitute an “easy-in” alternative route to the normal immigration channels.  I don’t know about Australia, but Canada is also stupid enough to alloow “family reunification” – which means they can bring in Grandma and Gramps too, even if they’re too old to work and have a million health problems.

        The link I posted above only represents NORMAL immigration channels.  Probably double that comes in as “refugees”, and Ottawa apparently doesn’t even keep track of “Family class” immigrant numbers, so our REAL population intake is likely closer to a half to three-quarters million PER YEAR.

        Our infrastructure and social services cannot handle this.  Stuff that was intended to imrpove the quality of life for CANADIANS, not Bhutanese, or Pakistanis, or Filipinos, or lord knows who else is coming in.

    • Michael C. Scott

      There should be no immigration due to “needed” skills, and all H-1bs should without exception be deported tomorrow.  If that means some companies who have hired only H-1bs must shut their doors, then GOOD.  Good if they must go out of business after refusing for years to hire Americans; they made their bed – let them lay in it.

  • Unskilled Mexican illegals are a source of cheap labor for business. As long as businesses are willing to hire them for low wages, they will keep coming. 

    • All the more reason why those “businesses” that hire illegal invaders (which is always to the detriment of this country and people) should be dealt with in the harshest manner. Not only does an American lose the opportunity to work, but also we end up paying for the atrocious social costs of this so-called “cheap labor.”

  • IstvanIN

    We do not need more people of any skill level whatsoever.

  • NM156

    This CIS article needs to be posted all over news comment sections until the election. It’s more than important.

  • HighandMighty

    Make sure that you vote out and remove all Politicians that aid and abet these invaders by actively approving  of, and supporting, these illegal invaders. These people have violated their Constitutional Oath of Office.

  • I don’t belong to a country club so I couldn’t tell you. But what you say wouldn’t suprise me in the least….

  • IstvanIN

     See how Blacks in Latin America fare.

  • FourFooted_Messiah

    We in Canada have a supposedly Conservative government. but check this out (assuming links are allowed?)  –  http://www.cireport.ca/2012/10/feds-maintain-same-immigration-levels-for-2013.html#comment-24728

    With a national unemployment rate of 8%, this should never be so.

  • FourFooted_Messiah

     You’re just seeing that now?  The only reason the old Chinese families are in Canada is because the railroad magnates, in teh 1880s (AFTER Confederation) wanted cheaper labour than whites and natives.  In the US, the cotton magnates wanted slaves they didn’t have to pay at all.

    More recently, our “CONSERVATIVE” government had  a plan to allow businesses to directly sponsor “temprorary” foreign workers, at a a rate never seen before, that would destroy the chances of any Canadian getting a job for anything more than bare legal minimum wage.  It was a sop to big business that the lefties loved.  But I think they had to scrap that plan (for now) because of public outcry.  However, stuff like this has a way of showing up in a sneakier form not long after.

    Heck, it’s already going on, but in a more clandestine way (jobs advertising that Mandarin or Punjabi or Spanish is required – the last I saw in an ad for canola roguers), and in people of those hertiages ONLY advertising such jobs in non-official language newspapers.

  • Enough already

    They have ruined so many areas here. These were places we used to shop in or spend the day – beaches and parks. Why do they insist on stalking us, obviously we do not want their company. Claim to hate us, but can’t leave us alone. Just go away.

  • Go into any Post Office and see who works there now.  Most of the workers in US Post Offices are non-white.  Whites are now excluded from every government job.