Some interesting statistics about US jobs and immigration

You’ve all heard how the BushCorp wants to legalize all of the illegal immigrants. Which, in my opinion is just going to make things worse…because companies aren’t going to suddenly start paying real wages for the work they’re now having done by illegals…they’ll just hire more illegals. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of illegal aliens in the U.S. is larger than the population of any one of the following 41 states: Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Massachusetts, Indiana, Washington, Tennessee, Missouri, Wisconsin, Maryland, Arizona, Minnesota, Louisiana, Alabama, Colorado, Kentucky, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Connecticut, Iowa, Mississippi, Kansas, Arkansas, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, West Virginia, Nebraska, Idaho, Maine, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, North Dakota, Alaska, Vermont, or Wyoming.

But even if we’re not talking about illegal immigrants…which as a rule are taking miserable jobs at substandard wages….lets look at the status of temporary workers and the American unemployment situation, shall we? 

Here are some stats that I’ve gathered from various sources over the last week or two.
(Sorry, not all are annotated, I’ll get back to links later.)

  • 1 in 5 American workers lost a job during the last three years. Two-thirds
    of workers received less than 2 weeks notice and no severance pay.
    Three-fourths did not maintain any health benefits. 35% of these workers are
    now underemployed.
  • Since 1985, over 17 million visas have been issued to allow aliens to work
    in the United States and glut the labor market. These NON-immigrant visas,
    or NIV, are company-sponsored visas that use a variety of different names
    including H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, J-1, L-1, and TN. These are not immigrants.
    These are temporary workers.
  • At least 9 million Americans are unemployed. At least 17 million skilled,
    educated Americans are now "underemployed" in low-wage jobs – many
    part-time without benefits.
  • By the end of January 2003 more than 70% of laid-off technology workers
    had exhausted (used up) their unemployment benefits. Unemployment for
    technology workers has continued to rise, giving little hope for
    re-employment.
  • The total number of US technical jobs is around 8.5 million and we have
    imported around 3-4 million temporary foreign technical workers.
  • In the year 2001, 9 out of every 10 new job openings for computer/IT were
    taken by H-1Bs, and despite record unemployment the INS issued 312,000 visas
    in 2002. (2002 Reporting)
  • Bank of America workers who were laid off in favor of cheap foreign labor
    were asked to sign a waiver stating that they would not talk to the media in
    order to get their severance benefits.
  • 3.3 million jobs are expected to be offshore outsourced to India and China
    over the next several years. (2003 Business Week)
  • Bankruptcies and home foreclosures in America have now reached an all-time
    high. Approximately 1 out of every 100 mortgages in America is currently in
    foreclosure, and 1 in every 5 American mortgages is more than 30 days late.
    (20-June-2003)
  • Homelessness has now risen above the levels seen during the Great
    Depression.
  • Each year more than $10 billion is sent back to India by foreign workers
    who are in the U.S. in the form of remittances. That is $10 billion drained
    from our economy when it could have been paid to U.S. Citizens who would
    have spent the vast majority of that money within the U.S. economy. (Fox
    News 2003)

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