Many among President Donald Trump’s supporters wonder why he spends so little time on less challenging, less controversial immigration goals. An example is E-Verify, the free and easy online program that confirms whether an employee is legally authorized to work in the United States. With an estimated 8 million illegal aliens in the labor market sector, mandatory E-Verify would free up most of those jobs for Americans.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics sort-of-okay jobs report for February isn’t the week’s most significant economic news. BLS data showed that in February the economy added 235,000 jobs, slightly above expectations. The labor participation rate increased from 62.9 percent to 63 percent, while unemployment remained unchanged at 4.7 percent. More details that include strong construction hiring, but weak wage growth, are on the BLS website here.
Diep Tran, chef and owner of Los Angeles’ popular Good Girl Dinette, recently wrote a passionate opinion column that criticized food journalists for promoting cheap eats lists. Tran, a Vietnamese refugee, said that by advertising dining establishments that serve lower cost food than available elsewhere, publications sanction, perhaps unknowingly, hiring immigrants who invariably work for lower than the going rate an American or legal resident would expect.
When I lived in California’s San Joaquin Valley, I made a point to attend as many of the state’s summer fairs and festivals as I could. One favorite was the Gilroy Garlic Festival traditionally held in late July. The two-hour drive from Lodi was well worth the chance to walk down Gourmet Alley and eat garlic fries or even garlic ice cream, tastier than you may think.
On February 7, Senators Tom Cotton (R-AK) and Sonny Perdue (R-GA) introduced a bill which, if it becomes law, would fulfill one of the solutions advocated by Californians for Population Stabilizations to cut back soaring population growth and reduce over-immigration.
In the Trump administration’s first Bureau of Labor Statistics report, January data had a mix of good, bad and ugly news. The good: Employment increased by 227,000 jobs, slightly higher than Wall Street’s prediction. And the labor force participation rate rose slightly to 62.9 percent from last month’s 62.7 percent.
During the Trump inauguration ceremonies, announcers made much ado of outgoing Vice President Joe Biden taking Amtrak back home to Wilmington, Delaware. Reportedly nicknamed “Amtrak Joe,” and in keeping with his alleged “man of the people” reputation, Biden when he was a Senator commuted daily between the capital and his Delaware residence.
In December, the economy created 157,000 jobs, about 20,000 less than Wall Street analysts predicted. Of those 156,000 jobs, 41,000 were part-time. A record 95.1 million people are not in the labor market, an 18,000 increase from the last month, and an astronomical 841,000 bump over the last three months.
Every chance I get, I repeat to my 19-year-old college sophomore granddaughter and my 17-year-old high school senior grandson that they can’t waste a minute in their goal to bulk up their employment resumes.