Hey Stuart Anderson, there are many unemployed computer professionals with decades of experience wanting to work.

The premise of the Trump administration’s “Buy American and Hire American” executive order, which has unleashed numerous measures to restrict high-skilled immigration, is that U.S. professionals can’t get jobs because of immigrants. This raises a legitimate question: Has anyone in the administration making U.S. immigration policy checked the government data on unemployment – or do they simply choose to ignore it?

The unemployment rate among people with at least a bachelor’s degree in “computer and math science” occupations was only 2% for the first quarter of 2018, according to estimates from the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Population Survey. (The National Foundation for American Policy made the estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Population Survey Basic Monthly Files for January to March 2018.) It’s difficult to get much below 2% because of “frictional unemployment,” which happens, for example, when people go from an old job to a new job (i.e., individuals between jobs).


What you fail to mention here is that our federal government does not count those whose unemployment has expired and who have not found jobs.

Which means we need to look at a different unemployment perspective.

The best one I have found that shows what really is happening is the one that divides our population by the quantity of people working.

click to zoom in

Imagine that.

We have fewer people working now than we did in the year 2000

Many of them are unemployed computer types like myself.

Sure, I don’t have your college degree.

After all, I was busy serving as a Radioman in our United States Navy.

Which is where I learned I was very good with technology.

And in my book, I will take experience, knowledge, and wisdom every single day over somebody who has theoretical knowledge, and no actual experience.

4 comments for “Hey Stuart Anderson, there are many unemployed computer professionals with decades of experience wanting to work.

  1. Jingchak
    May 29, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Anderson is right. The enemploymenf rate for computer professionals is very low. You are not getting any opportunity because of your skills. You can keep crying but nothing is going to change.

    • Nutella
      May 31, 2018 at 1:41 am

      We all know racist Chinese and Indians who hate white people are deliberately keeping white Americans out of IT jobs.

  2. vbierschwale
    May 30, 2018 at 6:48 am

    amazing, isn’t it.
    you don’t even know what skills I have and you make a comment like that.

  3. Nutella
    May 31, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Bullshit. Everyone I know in STEM is out of work. More like 20% minimum. Among American techies more like 90%. Just go to Silicon valley and look around. And I lived and worked in Silicon Valley for 16 years – until the Indian Mafia ran me out.

    Most of DOL is full of foreign workers now. Just ask Mitch McConnell’s foreign wife who used to run and staff it.

    And Forbes is probably posting PAID NASSCOM PR articles.

    Here is the PR firm NASSCOM hired to pump these lies into our media:


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