Where Have our Jobs Gone?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 13.3 million people officially unemployed in the United States in November 2011 – and that is a big improvement over October. There were about another 11 million people working part time because they couldn’t find full-time jobs.

At the same time there are estimated to be more than 8 million aliens illegally working in the United States. We know the argument that illegal aliens only do jobs Americans don’t want, and we know that’s a lie because Americans are employed in all of the same jobs as are being done by illegal workers. We also know that when a lot of jobs are filled by illegal workers, wages and working conditions deteriorate so that those jobs become less attractive to illegal workers.

FAIR has developed an estimate by state of the number of jobs taken by illegal aliens. We proportionately spread our estimate of jobs taken by illegal alien workers among the states based on our estimate of the state’s illegal alien population in 2010.

About Author


Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


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    Look, the Obama administration’s game plan on illegal immigration is crystal clear: Bypass Congress and grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens by suspending deportations; tell sanctuary cities that they will not be prosecuted for ignoring federal immigration laws; and attack any state that attempts to protect citizens from the scourge of illegal immigration through law enforcement. The endgame for the Obama administration is to legalize millions of dependably liberal voters before the 2012 elections and to curry favor with the all-important Hispanic voter demographic – politics over the rule of law.

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    Middle class Americans is being screwed from multiple directions at the same time. First they took almost all manufacturing jobs and gave it to Communist China. Then they continued allowing an unrelenting number of LEGAL and ILLEGAL immigrants to flood the job market driving wages down across the board for those lucky enough to still have a job.

    The 1% elite aided by the left American hating morons are killing us from both sides.

    We need more legal immigrants to take those jobs in IT that American’s won’t do anymore. You remember those – they were the ones they said people in manufacturing could retrain for after their jobs were given to Communist China.

    And of course the working poor in America – well we can’t have many left after the last 50 years and trillions of dollars of money spent on the great society ideals. So we should let in and allow the 10-20-30-40-who knows how many million illegals there are really here to stay and keep taking jobs the working poor in America used to do.

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    Even before the Great Recession, employment levels were at historic lows for the decade.

    Census: Three New Immigrants for Every New Job

    For the decade, 6.9 million immigrants found employment while only 2 million jobs were created. There isn’t really much to say except that people who are advocating more immigration are also barking mad.

    Taken from Census CPS and BLS CPS data.

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