Using the civilian labor force and the labor force participation rate, we can easily show how many are working and how many are not working each month.
So I wanted to see how much the unemployed was growing by:
- Before the implementation of our Free Trade Agreements and the non-immigrant guest worker programs.
- During the period where we implemented Free Trade Agreements, but before we implemented the non-immigrant guest worker programs.
- After the implementation of both Free Trade Agreements and non-immigrant guest worker periods.
So I used the following date periods to do that:
- 1 Jan 1948 to 1 Dec 1975
- 1 Jan 1976 to 1 Dec 1989
- 1 Jan 1990 to 1 Feb 2019
As you can see in the following numbers, we had the following changes:
- Unemployment grew by 10,622,000 before free trade and non-immigrant guest worker programs.
- Unemployment grew by 19,629,000 when our free trade programs were implemented and before our non-immigrant guest worker programs
- Unemployment grew by 801,000 when our non-immigrant guest worker programs were implemented.
At first I was puzzled, but the more I think about it, this shows exactly what is happening.
Free Trade Agreements created an additional 19,629,000 unemployed because they were sending jobs to other countries.
During the H-1B period, unemployment continued to grow, but it is masked by importing non-immigrant guest worker programs which is how the unemployment numbers remain low.
As non-immigrant guest workers are imported, they are getting the bulk of the jobs and are being counted as employed, and the American citizens who are getting forced out are initially counted, but as their period of unemployment grows past the U-6 Specifications, they are no longer counted and are forced into:
- Living with Family
- Living out of vans and cargo trailers
Click on the following link to view my spreadsheet used to calculate these numbers.