Troubling numbers for U.S.-born workers buried in ‘Bidenomics’ bluster

The president’s bluster on “Bidenomics” and a supposedly positive jobs report overlooked some staggering figures on a growing ‘America last’ workforce.

On Friday, President Joe Biden continued to tout the benefits of building back better as he propped up a gain of 187,000 jobs in August while downplaying the increase in unemployment from 3.5 to 3.8 percent. However, according to analysis from the Daily Mail, that wasn’t the only figure downplayed as data showed the disproportionate losses for the American worker while foreign-born laborers thrived.

In looking at the numbers, the outlet presented that from July to August this year, over 1.2 million U.S.-born workers dropped out of the labor force whereas around 688,000 foreign-born workers had found employment; the highest recorded figure in 10 years.

Pulled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the agency stated, “The foreign born are those residing in the United States who were not U.S. citizens at birth. That is, they were born outside the United States or one of its outlying areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam, to parents neither of whom was a U.S. citizen.”

Meanwhile, “The native born are person who were born in the United States or one of its outlying areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam or who were born abroad of at least one parent who was a U.S. citizen.”

Adding to the starkness of the contrast were the figures from previous years that found the trend for July to August had been downward until not. In 2019, around 700,000 native-born workers had lost employment. That number decreased to about 601,000 in 2021 and then 324,000 in 2022 as the economy recovered from the COVID lockdowns.

“While there can be a lull in employment during the summer months, as well as over the winter period from December to January, this year’s drop is more significant [than] previous periods,” the Mail contended. “Looking at the same summer jumps for foreign workers, the opposite trend seems to be true. Employment has been expanding, rather than contracting.”

There had been a marked increase of foreign-born workers in 2020 at around 473,000, but that cooled into 2021 where July to August only saw 237,000 added workers.  “What the figures suggest is there has been nearly a net-zero increase in native-born jobs created since the Covid economic crash. The job market is only just about reaching the highs seen in October 2019, where employment was 131.72million.”

Still, Biden boasted on Friday, “It wasn’t that long ago that America was losing jobs. In fact, my predecessor was one of only two presidents in history who entered his presidency and left with fewer jobs than when he entered.”

“We’ve recovered all the jobs lost during the pandemic. And we’ve added four million more new jobs,” the president also contended before misrepresenting who was joining the workforce. “More than 700,000 people joined the labor force last month, which means the highest share of working-age Americans are in the workforce now than at any time in the past 20 years.”

Likely explaining the dramatic increase in foreign workers joining the workforce, aside from the Biden administration’s exceedingly poor management of the border crisis, was the end of Title 42 and the COVID-related deportation authorities that it granted.


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