Understanding the data

The Department of Labor posts their own employed totals in three basic formats that I have found so far.

The are:

Problem is, they all seem to be based on samples.

And that includes this report that those unfamiliar with the data will use to say that there are plenty of jobs out there:

It too is based on samples

So, when I want to know how many jobs have been created over the previous year, I turn to the IRS databook because these numbers are based on the actual number of returns that were submitted.

If you know of a better source, I would like to hear about it.

Coming Soon

I first started Keep America At Work back in august of 2007 when I was desperate to know why I couldn’t get hired anymore.

Since then, through many ups and downs, this site has seen many different iterations trying to show various aspects of what I have learned from studying the data and talking with many going through what I have gone through.

It is time to document all of that information here in a manner that will allow you, the one seeking knowledge, to easily search for yourself the documents to help you realize what is happening.

Non-Immigrant Guest Worker Data

There are two types:

  1. Applications – https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/foreign-labor/performance
  2. Approvals – https://www.uscis.gov/tools/reports-and-studies

Applications seem to run around 500,000 to about 650,000 per year, and you can find a summary for each year like this one:


Approvals can be found in reports like this one: