14.3 Million More Americans Not Working Today Than In 2000

by Marguerite Telford –

The Employment Situation of Immigrants and Natives in the Fourth Quarter of 2015 14.3 million more working-age native-born Americans not working today than in 2000

WASHINGTON, DC (February 19, 2016) — A new analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies of government data shows no improvement over the last year in the number of native-born Americans not in the labor force (neither working nor looking for work). The data also shows that there were 1.3 million fewer working-age (16 to 65) natives holding a job in the fourth quarter of 2015 than in the same quarter of 2007, while over the same time period the number of immigrants working went up by 1.8 million.

Dr. Steven Camarota, the Center’s director of research and author of the analysis, said, “The unemployment rate gives a false picture of what’s going on in the labor market. There has been enormous growth in the number of working-age (16 to 65) people, especially native-born Americans, not working. In the fourth quarter of 2015, 55 million native-born Americans of working age were not employed. Only about 6 million of them are officially classified as “unemployed.”

The key question for our political leaders and candidates is, does it make sense to admit a million new permanent immigrants each year, along with several hundred thousand guestworkers, given the enormous pool of working-age Americans not holding jobs?”

View the entire analysis at: http://www.cis.org/Employment-Situation-Immigrants-Natives-Fourth-Quarter-2015

The employment situation in the 4th quarter of 2015:

• The unemployment rate for natives in the fourth quarter of 2015 was 4.9 percent (6.4 million). Despite recent improvements, this is higher than the 4.6 percent rate in the fourth quarter of 2007 and the 3.6 percent rate in the fourth quarter of 2000.

• In addition to the unemployed, 28.2 percent (48.8 million) of working-age (16 to 65) natives were not in the labor force, which means they were neither working nor looking for work. This is much higher than the 25.3 percent rate (42.5 million) in the same quarter of 2007 and the 23.2 percent rate (36.3 million) in 2000.

• Combining those not in the labor force and those unemployed shows 55.2 million working-age, native-born Americans without jobs in the fourth quarter of 2015, 14.3 million higher (with rounding) than the 40.8 million in same quarter of 2000.

• There were also 10.7 million working-age immigrants unemployed or not in the labor force in the fourth quarter of 2015.

• In addition to those unemployed and not in the labor force, there were 5.9 million immigrants and natives working part-time, but looking for full-time work.

• In total, there were 71.8 million natives and immigrants unemployed, not in the labor force (16 to 65), or forced to work part-time in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Marguerite Telford
202-466-8185, mrt@cis.org

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