Governor Rick Perry (R-Texas) has pointed to job growth in Texas during the current economic downturn as one of his main accomplishments. But analysis of Current Population Survey (CPS) data collected by the Census Bureau show that immigrants (legal and illegal) have been the primary beneficiaries of this growth since 2007, not native-born workers. This is true even though the native-born accounted for the vast majority of growth in the working-age population (age 16 to 65) in Texas. Thus, they should have received the lion’s share of the increase in employment. As a result, the share of working-age natives in Texas holding a job has declined in a manner very similar to the nation a whole.
Among the findings:
Of jobs created in Texas since 2007, 81 percent were taken by newly arrived immigrant workers (legal and illegal).
In terms of numbers, between the second quarter of 2007, right before the recession began, and the second quarter of 2011, total employment in Texas increased by 279,000. Of this, 225,000 jobs went to immigrants (legal and illegal) who arrived in the United States in 2007 or later.
Of newly arrived immigrants who took a job in Texas, 93 percent were not U.S. citizens. Thus government data show that more than three-fourths of net job growth in Texas were taken by newly arrived non-citizens (legal and illegal).
The large share of job growth that went to immigrants is surprising because the native-born accounted for 69 percent of the growth in Texas’ working-age population (16 to 65). Thus, even though natives made up most of the growth in potential workers, most of the job growth went to immigrants.
The share of working-age natives holding a job in Texas declined significantly, from 71 percent in 2007 to 67 percent in 2011. This decline is very similar to the decline for natives in the United States as a whole and is an indication that the situation for native-born workers in Texas is very similar to the overall situation in the country despite the state’s job growth.
Of newly arrived immigrants who took jobs in Texas since 2007, we estimate that 50 percent (113,000) were illegal immigrants. Thus, about 40 percent of all the job growth in Texas since 2007 went to newly arrived illegal immigrants and 40 percent went to newly arrived legal immigrants.
Immigrants took jobs across the educational distribution. More than one out three (97,000) of newly arrived immigrants who took a job had at least some college.
These numbers raise the question of whether it makes sense to continue the current high level of legal immigration and also whether to continue to tolerate illegal immigration.
One of the most important issues in the unfolding presidential election is the nation’s lack of job growth. The U.S. labor market has been afflicted with high unemployment and low employment rates for more than three years. As Republicans go through the process of selecting the party’s nominee, job growth in Texas during the current economic downturn has been the subject of much discussion. GOP frontrunner Rick Perry has argued that he has a proven record of job creation in his state, even during the current economic downturn. Most of the debate over the state’s job growth has focused on what types of jobs have been created. The extent to which foreign-born or immigrant workers vs. native-born workers benefited from increased employment in the state has received little attention. This Memorandum examines job growth in Texas. The findings indicate that most of the increase in jobs in Texas since 2007 went to foreign-born (immigrant) workers, both legal and illegal, not U.S.-born workers.
I'm starting to believe that maybe the other candidates are starting to do their jobs and that this information will be brought up to the American people. That's not going to go over well with the further right Republican base, the same people who booed him over allowing illegal immigrants to attend our colleges at the state resident prices.
I'm more concerned that our current legislators, elected and appointed officials continue to protect each other and there is little we can do about it. Here in Texas there is some absurd reciprocity of protecting each other. The Texas Legislature covers up for Rick Perry and so does Attorney General Greg Abbott. These are powerful people who look out for each other. They all are getting richer, while the community good goes out the window.
When I started writing 12 years ago about all the political nonsense and tried to get focus on our urgent unresolved issues and the lack of ethics in our leadership there were few others writing and trying to inform people in order to make a positive change and hold officials accountable. I felt very alone and frustrated.
Today at least I see some real effort by many more people in trying to remove the veils that hide and protect those in charge. While it's good to see, I also hope it is not too late. There is an ancient saying that "The people are a many-headed beast." If so, we need to unify those heads and hold our officials accountable for what they have done, what they are doing and what they are not doing.
I firmly believe that unless we create laws to get rid of wealthy contributions, gifts and perks from politics the people will not be served by our leaders. There is too much crap going on in Washington, here in Texas and throughout the nation.
People need to get angry. They need to get pissed until they can't take any more. I believe we are getting closer to that time. We have lost control of our government and of most of the politicians who manipulate all of us into thinking that this time they may actually work for all of us, to make all our lives better. But it never happens because they will NOT do it on their own.
Rick Perry constantly complains that the Federal Government is too involved in our daily lives.
Rick Perry raves that he will not take Federal dollars so that Texas remains out from under the thumb of the Federal Government, and "that monster" Obama.
Rick Perry didn't want to take Federal money for our public schools. He went ahead and cut more of the financing of public education in the state.
However, Rick Perry endlessly WHINES that the Federal Government needs to do more to protect our border with Mexico. Why can't Texas defend its own border with Mexico?
Rick Perry rants as if Federally funded border technology, fences, the National Guard, helicopters and drones are going to work for us without first ensuring that Texas employers STOP HIRING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS for cheap labor.
And that's Rick Perry's job as Governor to ensure that we enforce our immigration laws. Perry can give the word that employers --- companies and individuals --- will be held responsible and that there will be jail time and fines if they hire illegal immigrants to do jobs that American citizens should be doing.
Point of fact: Rick Perry is the worst Governor Texans EVER had!
Agreed. That's why people's inaction bothers me so. I don't understand it.
It really is true that ignorance is bliss, and perhaps people are just too wrapped up in their own lives to pay attention to or become educated about anything else. However, there are also so many who when they are aware just say, well, that's the way it is, and go on about their merry way.
I don't know what the answer is. I believe most people are too lazy, too scared or too wrapped up in themselves and the present to take a stand.
It's all of the above and more. People just don't know what steps to take that will create the change we all want and need. It has gotten very complicated and way out of hand.
Many thought that voting-in Obama would create the positive change in Washington and then trickle-down to state and local government. Well, surprise!!! That didn't happen.
When I write articles and commentaries that suggest people contact their federal and state leaders, I generally provide a link that takes them to a place where they will find the contact information. Hopefully, they will contact their leaders at all levels to demand positive action.
I think that's all we can do at this time. As you point out, people are out there fighting for their own survival. Some are looking for amusement, to escape from reality. Others may feel there is nothing they can do. There are many reasons that people aren't fighting back, but before too long they will have to or simply resign themselves to be the sheep our leaders want us to be.
Oh, of course ignorance is damaging. I mean it's bliss to those who are ignorant (because they're not aware of the damage occuring). It's the rest of us who are bothered. We have the pain of being aware. We're not the ignorant sheep.
HB, our Democracy, which is really a Representative Republic, has been twisted by our leaders during the past several decades and has been made much more complicated than it should be. We have lost our control over our leaders and also the management of how our Congress works or doesn't work for us. Our government isn't there for us any more.
I know I have been frustrated during the past 12 years following and researching the issues and legislative actions, seeing hundreds of bills created and it's all a big game by our leadership who opt to take money, gifts and perks from wealthy lobbies, corporations and individuals and then return special favors and special interest legislation that hurts the community good. They "piggy-back" special interest pieces of legislation inside, around and ontop of bills that have nothing to do with the special interest desires. In brief, they get it to sneak through Congress.
It's become a rough political climate where stagnancy is the primary feature except when it comes to making profits for themselves and wealthy special interests. Sheep beget sheep and that's what they hope for.
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