So the latest numbers are out and it shows something Barack Obama would have killed for. Maybe kill isn’t the right word. But it’s something he would have loved to have had. 4.4%. Now that’s the lowest ever. At least the lowest since they have been tracking it. That goes back to 1973. So what? The past 45 years. Back in September President Trump announced that almost 350,000 Hispanics were lifted out of poverty.
We now have over 27 million Hispanics employed. Look at these numbers.
Hispanic-Latino employment statistics for December 2018:
· Unemployment rate: 4.4%, down from 4.5% in November
· Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population (16+ years old): 43,234,000 up from 43,146,000 in November
· Number Participating in Labor Force: 29,963,000, up from 28,820,000 in November
· Labor Force Participation: 67.0%, up from 66.8% in November
· Number Employed: 27,701,000, up from 27,524,000 in November
· Number Unemployed: 1,261,000, down from 1,296,000 in November
The bad part is this. How many are illegals? And how many of the jobs come at the expense of American and legal immigrants? These are questions that need to be answered. I have no issues with legal immigrants who are working here. I don’t think anyone does. But when you have companies hiring illegals, it just lowers the wages for all. Now this age group starts at 16.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m happy to see that people are working and not collecting welfare. That’s a good thing. And I want all those here to do well. But they have to be here legally. Now I don’t want to hear that they are doing jobs that Americans don’t want to do. There cannot be over 27 million jobs that Americans and legal immigrants don’t want or refuse to do.
In closing, let’s continue to rejoice in the good job numbers the past two years. But let’s be sure those jobs are going to those who are here legally. What say you?
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I have been writing on and off the past 46 years. First piece I ever wrote was my high school underground newspaper. A father of two twenty somethings. Happily married and presently living in Ohio.