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.
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.