BLS Report for January Employment Another Stinker; More Evidence Why Amnesty Would Hurt American Workers

The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report was its usual deceptive self, at least as it relates to the unemployment rate which officially dropped from 6.7 to 6.6 percent. The small 113,000 jobs gain in January is insignificant because it was again well below the total economists had projected and failed to equal immigration plus natural population increase. Wall Street analysts had anticipated 180,000 jobs.

No Job Openings for More than Three out of Five Job Seekers

For two uninterrupted years that began with the 2012 election cycle, federal, state and local politicians have promised to throw their full weight behind job creation.

Georgetown University Report Undermines Zuckerberg's Tech Labor Shortage Claim

Since Congress reconvened earlier this month, House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte have held a series of closed door meetings to plot how to get the resistant House members to pass a blanket amnesty. Members know that their constituents oppose such legislation and, with mid-term elections on the horizon, would prefer not to enter into a toxic amnesty debate.

Bureau of Labor Statistics: 9 of 10 Fastest Growing Occupations Are Low Paying

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently issued an insightful report that covers a range of economic issues, with a special emphasis on agriculture. Among its findings: employment will grow from 145 million in 2012 to 161 million in 2022, with a third of the growth in the health care and social assistance industries. Non-farm wage and salary employment is projected to grow from 134 million to 150 million.

Dreams Denied

Bill Would Disproportionately Harm Unemployed Black, Hispanic Americans

In observance of today's national celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, Californians for Population Stabilization launched a television ad which emphasizes that the current Senate and House immigration bills undermine King’s dream.

Separating Fact from Fiction on the Jobs Picture

One of the recurring arguments comprehensive immigration reform proponents make is that, if passed, CIR would create millions of American jobs.

Long-Term Unemployed on the Brink White House, Congress Pledge to Flood Labor Market with Amnestied Workers

Long-term federal unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans expired December 28. For those unemployed who have counted on their weekly checks for periods of as long as 11 months, 2014 looks bleak. Despite the monthly Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that (deceptively) indicate declining unemployment, finding a job is a daunting task; landing a meaningful job that pays a living wage, offers health care and paid vacation is a long shot.

Crunch Time

As a cost-savings strategy, Congress recessed without extending unemployment benefits for out-of-work Americans, media reported December 28.

Unemployed Americans were interviewed, and, as would be expected, they talked about how traumatic it is to not find work and now lose an important source of support too.

Not addressed was how the United States continues to admit more authorized foreign workers monthly than number of new jobs created, including in the high-tech area.

The Impact Immigration Reform Would Have on High-Skilled American Workers

Now that the government shutdown has ended and we have been given a “breather” from the contentious arguments from both sides of the political aisle in Washington, the President has made it clear that during the political “ceasefire” he will focus attention on Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

UC Berkeley Labor Center Report Underlines Harm More Guest Workers Would Inflict on America’s Poor

In my Labor Day blog, I wrote that 3 million underpaid fast food workers planned to strike to get their wages raised from an average $9 an hour to $15. The Federal Reserve Bank of St.