7.25 Million: Net jobs lost since December, 2007 - Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 22-straight monthly job losses (Jan, 08 - Oct, 09) surpassed the previous record of 18 months, reached during the 1981-1982 recession. 4,740,000 jobs were lost in 2009.
75,000: Average number of new permanent work permits issued to working-age immigrants every month. [Source: Monger, Randall "U.S. Legal Permanent Residents: 2009" Department of Homeland Security, Office of Immigration Statistics.
April 2010. In 2009 the United States issued 903,279 permanent residency permits to aliens aged 15-64 – table 6 - an average of 75,273 per month: an increase from 2008.]
8 million: Number of U.S. jobs held by illegal workers in 2010, according to the Pew Hispanic Center's February 2011 report (including more than 7 million non-farm jobs; only
4 percent of illegal workers work in farming, fishing, or forestry occupations). Contrary to the impression given by the media, most illegal workers are holding "permanent" type jobs.
THE BIG SCOOP: Three Numbers
Unemployment and Jobs Perspective
Only 53% of Americans who graduated from college between 2006 and 2010 have full-time jobs
The 17 consecutive months (through December, 2010) of 9.5% or higher unemployment is the longest span of elevated unemployment since records began in 1948.
Approximately 44.5 percent of the unemployed looking for work (or 6.3 million people) have been jobless for 27 weeks or more.
Unemployment rates are high among almost every class of worker.
Unemployment among workers 55 years and older has increased 331% in ten years (Jan. 2000 - Jan. 2010) to 2.1 million.
- Only 53% of Americans who graduated from college between 2006 and 2010 have full-time jobs
Primary Victims of Unsustainable Immigration Policies
Less-educated and younger U.S.-born workers are the primary victims of unsustainable immigration policies because they face the most competition from immigrant labor: 74 percent of working-age illegal immigrants, and 46 percent of working-age legal immigrants have no education beyond high school (Pew Hispanic Center, Figure 16).
Americans who tend to be in the most direct competition with illegal workers for jobs in construction, service, transportation and manufacturing are Americans under the age of 30 without college education.
It is these young jobless Americans who likely would benefit the most by the passage of the SAVE Act.
The official U-6 category of unemployment has shown explosive rates for young adults aged 18 through 29.
Those unemployment rates for workers who want a full-time job but can't find one have been running around:
30% -- for all persons in the U.S. aged 18-29 without college
35% -- for Hispanic Americans in that group
40% -- for Black Americans in that group
Among teenagers aged 16-17, the unemployment rate is even worse . . .
. . . and has risen to historic highs for those wanting a full-time job but unable to find one. The unemployment rates have been running around:
40% -- for all teens in the U.S.
45% -- for Hispanic American teens
55% -- for Black American teens
Illegal immigration is not the sole or primary cause of these horrendous unemployment rates. But millions of these unemployed Americans -- both U.S.-born and foreign-born -- would cease to be jobless if illegal foreign workers were moved out of their non-agricultural jobs.
Recommendations: What the government can do to save jobs and tax-payer money:
Congress and the White House can create more jobs for Americans by fixing our immigration policy
Click here to see Roy Beck's specific proposals to Congress and the White House.
- Make the highly-successful E-Verify program mandatory for all U.S. employers to begin opening up the 8 million jobs currently held by illegal workers.
- Allow all employers to voluntarily run their entire workforce through E-Verify.
- Provide full funding so that DHS can quickly train as many local and state police forces as desire to enter into the 287(g) program.
- Suspend issuing Green Cards to visa lottery winners.
- Suspend the chain migration categories of adult siblings and adult children of anchor immigrants.
- Suspend issuing work permits to the parents of anchor immigrants.
- Dramatically reduce permanent work permits issued through employment-based categories to take jobs that Americans want.