Still No Evidence of a Labor Shortage

Steven Camarota and Karen Zeigler, Center for Immigration Studies, March 2014

Congress is currently considering immigration reform packages that include work permits for those in the country illegally, as well as substantial increases in future legal immigration. Many in Congress argue that the country needs more workers. Yet a new analysis of government employment data by the Center for Immigration Studies shows an enormous number of working-age Americans not employed, particularly those with modest levels of education who are among the poorest Americans.

“There is a profound disconnect between what Washington is doing on immigration, and what is actually happening in the U.S. labor market,” said Dr. Steven Camarota, CIS Director of Research. “Across the labor market the employment situation remains dismal, with the percentage of working-age Americans not working at a record high. Yet the Senate passed a bill that gives work permits to millions of illegal immigrants and also doubles the number of foreign workers allowed into the country.”

Among the findings:

• The share of working-age (18 to 65) natives holding a job has not recovered from the Great Recession. In the fourth quarter of 2013, 31 percent were not working, something that has barely improved in the last five years.

• In the fourth quarter of 2013, there were only two working-age natives holding a job for every one that was not employed. This represents a huge deterioration. As recently as 2000, there were three working-age adults holding a job for every one not working.

• The total number of native-born working-age adults (18 to 65) of any education level not working (unemployed or out of the labor force) was 50.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012—8.8 million more than in the fourth quarter of 2007, and 14.7 million more than in the same quarter of 2000.

• Looking at the less-educated, only 38 percent of working-age adult natives who have not completed high school were employed in the fourth quarter of 2013. Back in the fourth quarter of 2000, 52 percent of these natives had a job.

• Even among adults who had completed high school, but had no additional schooling, just 65 percent had a job at the end of 2013. Back in the fourth quarter of 2000, 74 percent worked.

• Some of those not working do not wish to work, but looking at the broad measure of unemployment (referred to as U-6) shows that unemployment was 28.7 percent for native-born adults who have not completed high school and 16.5 percent for those with only a high school education. The U-6 measure includes those who want to work, but have not looked recently, and those forced to work part-time.

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

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  • Jesse James

    Just more proof that the flood of non-white immigration is not as much of an economic issue as it is an issue of destroying the historic white American population through demographic and cultural manipulation. That being said though, since most Americans are willfully blind to the racial and cultural implications of white being made a minority in our own country, we must push the economic argument against ALL immigration.

    “Too many Americans are out of work – stop ALL immigration today.”

    I push different variations of this simple theme when I write by legislators.

    • JSS

      Exactly. Economics are secondary compared to our non Eskimo overlords and their useful idiot allies goal of getting rid of us. It’s really not an exaggeration to say that almost every thing our government does is geared towards White genocide.

      • LovelyNordicHeidi

        There is nothing they fail to do when it comes to destroying us.

      • wildfirexx

        Ethnic cleansing of the fittest!

        • Sick of it

          Normally called dysgenics.

    • JohnEngelsman

      Immigration should be limited to only those of Asian or Ashkenazi origin, in order to fix what has happened to the US. These two groups, using their high IQ’s would fix whatever ails all of us within a single generation. I can’t explain how, it’s just something I feel.

      • Extropico

        And yet you don’t move to Asia or Israel. Weird!

        • Luca

          I say we all kick-in for his one-way airfare.

          • AndrewInterrupted

            Sounds like the Rabbi is in rare form tonight.

        • JohnEngelman

          Read his nickname. JohnEngelsman is not me.

          • He’s pretty funny though.

          • Extropico

            Oh I see. Thought you were having a day of in vino veritas!

          • He sure rattled my cage.
            That was a good one!

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        No, replacing whites with NE Asians and Ashkenazim would lead to race war and wreck the economy, ultimately impoverishing everyone. There is no such thing as a successful multicultural society. And no, we can’t grow forever.

        • Nancy Thomas

          We’re already on the road to civil war….

      • JDInSanD

        I have a half Mexican co-worker who advocates a similar idea with regard to Mexico. He says we should “just annex them” and then we’ll be able to fix their problems. I tell him he should just go there with all of “our” Mexicans and lead a revolution instead.

        • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

          We can’t even fix the problems that Mexican nationals cause in our own country. We can’t save Mexicans from themselves.

        • Alexandra1973

          North American Union…?

          • TruthBeTold

            That’s the plan.

      • Nancy Thomas

        Uh…John….you might be just a little biased…

        • JohnEngelsman

          I base my decisions on facts. And I determine those facts should be interpreted.

    • Nancy Thomas

      Exactly, it’s race displacement PERIOD and has nothing to do with economics.

    • Given what our tax money is spent upon, who in their right mind wants to work? I finally finished a batch of fishing lures I machined out of aluminum, and since I finished more through-wires, I’m casting more lures out of two-part model-building resin using a rubber mold. The through wire goes into the mold and the resin hardens around it. I have the varnish drying on some of the lift-out boxes and trays for my fly-tying and lure-making chest; this was originally an old 105mm tank ammo crate, but I scratch-built the interior. I couldn’t do much about the nylon rope handles, so I covered them with laced leather that I dyed to match the sofa.

      Going back to work in order to make someone else rich sounds like a miserable prospect to me. The depression in wages caused by more immigration and the increased understanding on the part of employers that their workers are disposable – and thus more subject to abuse – would only make it less appealing, rather than more so. The hell with it!

      I haven’t worked a steady job in eight years and have no intention of ever doing so again. I learned through bitter experience that the only way to win is get up and walk away.

      • Jesse James

        Funny you should mention that, I am in the middle of reading a book about government food policies during WWII called, “The Taste of War” by Lizzie Collingham. She looks at how various governments dealt with food production, distribution and shortage during the war on both sides and one thing that I noticed was that no matter the government (Soviet Union, Japan, Germany, Italy, UK) when payment for food becomes confiscatory peasants always react the same. They reduce production when they can to subsistence levels, artisan crafts have a resurgence (wartime economies tend to have few consumer goods even when farmers are doing well financially) and the black market explodes. In short even during times of national duress where the very survival of the state is in question the golden goose can only be prodded so far.

        • I wrote the title and author down: thank you. I just won’t do it anymore. My probation officer finally knew it. Even a good job in chemistry would be unappealing because I used to to work for liars.

          Being lied to every day finally really annoyed me, and I used to get drunk and then deliberately pick fights with blacks and Mexicans. I would always fight any number of anything. It is part of why why I use this avatar.

  • Pro_Whitey

    This and the article on growing automation are plenty of evidence to justify getting all the illegal aliens the hell out, plus essentially stopping legal immigration, plus making sure the blacks and browns are full up with Norplant or a similar birth control device.

  • This labor shortage BS is window dressing to sell the middle class that there is no threat to them and that the country must have these third worlders to grow. The real, true agenda is Cultural Marxism, race replacement, the New World Order. I’ve said it before–Stop ALL immigration NOW and repatriate all non-white immigrants who came in the last 50 years.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Whatever spin it takes to get those 30 million Demo-rats legalized and registered.

  • r j p

    BHO’s legacy: The Great Recession and ObamaCare.

    • JohnEngelman

      It would probably be worse under presidents John McCain or Mitt Romney. It will certainly be worse after bi-partisan immigration “reform” increases the number of legal immigrants.

      • The Great Recession was the direct of democrat control of the House of Representatives (which controls spending), the monstrously expensive war in Iraq that idiot started, and a lingering effect of the Asian economic crisis of 10 years earlier.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    There’s nothing wrong with labor shortages. When there are shortages, wages and living standards rise because employers need to attract workers. If companies cannot attract workers, they invest in more capital-intensive production methods. An increase in wages does not automatically lead to an increase in prices. It is the competitive pressures of the market that determine pricing, not employers. Labor shortages increase a worker’s bargaining power. They are the sign of a healthy economy. Problems arise when employers try to suppress the wage growth by flooding the market with imported 3rd world labor.

    • Jesse James

      Right the economic position and rights of common workers and the birth of the European middle class all were made possible by the scarcity of labor created during the various European plagues of the Middle Ages. This was of course not the only factor in the empowerment of the individual but scarcity of labor definitely increases wages, living standards and societal power of common working people.

    • Nancy Thomas

      We don’t HAVE a labor shortage or anything remotely resembling a labor shortage!

      • Pro_Whitey

        Amen. I once had the pleasant experience of being a worker in an industry that experienced a labor shortage, and in the span of a couple of years, my pay pretty much doubled. The demand eventually went slack, and my wages stagnated, although fortunately have not gone down in nominal terms. I know what it’s like, and I don’t see anybody enjoying that kind of benefit these days, except perhaps the people working in the oil industry in North Dakota.

  • John R

    Nothing surprising here. I never did believe this BS about a “labor shortage.” That is why I can’t consider myself a conservative. They are almost (I said ALMOST) as delusional as liberals. And, I don’t believe this other bull that “The economy of Mexico is getting better, so there shouldn’t be too many more immigrants…” Yeah, right! Mexico is still a Third World nation, and we are a nation with an infinitely higher standard of living (for now anyway) with the added bonus of a large number of beautiful White women. So, the Mexicans will always be trying to come here.

    On a side note, today is the fiftieth anniversary of the murder of Kitty Genovese by a negro psychopath. I submitted the story last night, and am disappointed that it was not posted on this site. There is so much to discuss about that story, more than the stories that do appear here. I hope that American Renaissance is not starting to get politically correct.

    • JDInSanD

      Regarding our women, I saw a George Lopez interview the other day where he described his new show:

      “I play a Mexican guy who was married to a white woman. You know, the ultimate prize.”

      This from one of the richest, most successful Mexicans, who was recently photographed passed out on a casino floor.

      The interviewer, Mario Lopez, cringed.

      • John R

        “And many a truth is said in jest…” Yep. Out of his own mouth! Fortunately, the Mexicans haven’t had as much time as the blacks to learn liberal doubletalk!

        • RisingReich

          You give disservice to the evil that is taking place by labeling this as “doubletalk” or whatever.

          He is describing White Women as an “ultimate conquest” and you call it ” doubletalk”.

          • John R

            You misinterpreted my comment. George Lopez-a Mexican-came right out and openly called having a White woman as “an ultimate conquest!” I actually found the comment refreshing, instead of the BS you hear from black/white interracial couples, such as “we are just so in love, and we think race doesn’t matter….”blah blah blah…THAT is what I mean’t by “doubletalk.” Race doesn’t matter, but I got me a white womenz! BULL!!!

      • JohnEngelsman

        I would think a non-gentile Caucasian woman or an E. Asian would be considered the ultimate prize.

  • 90 some million unemployed citizens of working age?

    The research is nice, but all we needed was our own eyes.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      The numbers they rarely post are the ones that are the most telling. The data I remind people of is the “people no longer in the workforce one”, as you allude. They claim that only 10 million people are out of work, using some 7% approximate rate. 10 million/7% just doesn’t add up.

      When O’Bummer was inaugurated in 1/2009 the “number of people no longer in the workforce” was 80 million. Now it’s 92 million. It just doesn’t wash. I think the unemployment rate is closer to 25%.

      “…Are you gonna believe the gummint oh yo lyin’ eyes?…”

  • Luca

    There is no labor shortage, we need immigrants to do jobs Americans won’t do, they contribute more to the economy than they take, they have strong family values, they are entrepreneurs, they are too proud tocollect benefits, they live in the shadows and they have a lower crime rate than native born Americans.

    Better known as; “Lies my government told me”.

    • We need immigrants to drive labor costs down. If they happen to also destroy the native peoples, that’s a bonus!

    • Homo_Occidentalis

      Select leftist lies about non-white immigration:

      “Their numbers are so small, they will never pose a threat to the white majority.” (I’ve actually heard this one before. It’s my favorite, as it amounts to a tacit admission that massive non-white immigration is a problem.)

      “It’s the fault of whites for having so few children. Our country would be disappearing without immigrants who come here and have kids.” (notice that whites only stopped having large families after the third world hordes started arriving. We saw that they were taking up the space and resources that would have otherwise been earmarked for white children, and adjusted our demographics accordingly.)

      “We need more immigrants for our own national defense. [insert white nation here] is underpopulated and this is a national security risk. We need to fill up our country quickly to deter aggressive neighbors from invading.” (Non-white invaders are the single biggest threat to national security. America’s potential fifth columnists compose 37% of the population and counting.)

      • Nancy Thomas

        Well, they can’t very well come out and say, “We’re doing this to totally disempower and displace white people from the land their forefathers built because we want to make America (as well as the entire western world) user friendly for a tiny tribe of ultra paranoids who have engaged in ethnic warfare against Christians for 2000 years.

        That might not go over too well.

        • JohnEngelman

          Why do you blame Jews for the actions of the predominantly Gentile plutocracy?

          • Nancy Thomas

            There is no such thing as a “predominantly gentile plutocracy.” The tribe runs the show and it’s been that way for a very long time.This is self evident when you consider that white Christians of European descent would NEVER have conceived feminism and abortion and massive third world immigration and affirmative action and gun control and hate crime legislation and limits on free speech on and on and on and on and on. In fact, none of these nation wrecking items could ever have originated in the gentile mind. Sure, you can cite idiot shills like Ted Kennedy and make the false claim that he actually pushed through the nation wrecking Immigration Act of 1965, and most people will play along and nod….while many of us have studied the issue and know better.

  • wildfirexx

    If many of the baby boomers were not in the process of retiring…the unemployment levels would even be much higher!

  • Nancy Thomas

    Of course there is no labor shortage, with 23 to 50 MILLION out of work.

  • Petronius

    Yes, more immigration is the answer to mass unemployment and declining wages. We’re going to immigrate our way to prosperity. Because those Old Americans (the ones who came over before the Immigration and Nation Destroying Act of 1965) can’t hack it anymore … they’re just not hot and spicy enough for the new Californicated America.

    Yes, we should take all of Haiti. And Pakistan, too. And we’d be a better country for it.

    • Nancy Thomas

      Love your wording as it perfectly captures the absurdity.
      Paul Ryan actually spouts this crap with a straight face.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      And let’s not forget how many jobs will be lost to automation in 20 years.

      Sounds like national suicide to me.

  • Marc Zuckurburg

    There is a labor shortage.

    I beg for Americans to come apply for work at Facebook, but they never come.

    And that’s after I tell those newspaper editors in Twin Falls to make sure my job adverts are in the smallest print possible way back in that section of the paper.

    I blame it on the bad education system. We need to fix the schools.

    Along with comprehensive immigration reform.

  • IstvanIN

    The fact remains that in an increasingly automated society third world immigration is not only not needed but is, and actually has been, a net economic burden. And will become an even bigger burden in the future as machines replace people. Those machines can only be maintained by relatively bright individuals, not ghetto baby-mamas and Mexican-Indians. We have a disaster looming. The solution is ugly.