Businesses reported adding 288,000 jobs, the unemployment rate fell while the labor force participation rate, after edging up for a few months, revisited its 35-year low. But the “other” employment survey, of households rather than businesses—the only report where immigrant and native-born American employment figures are broken out separately—reported a job loss in April. Our analysis of household survey data finds that, very unusually, immigrants bore the entire brunt of this loss.
But while we share Nutting’s skepticism, we have no choice but to use household survey numbers in our analysis of the April job market. Thus our New VDARE.com American Worker Displacement Index (NVDAWDI) shows a significant decline in April—falling to 108.2 from 109.4 in March.
Of course, over the entire Obama era—January 2009 to April 2014—the displacement of native-born American workers by immigrants is painfully evident in the NVDAWDI graphic:
Native-born American employment growth is the blue line, immigrant employment growth is in pink, and NVAWDI—the ratio of immigrant to native-born American job growth—is in yellow. The graphic starts at 100.0 for both native-born American and immigrant employment in January 2009, and tracks their growth since then.
From January 2009 to April 2014:
|Employment Status by Nativity, April 2013-April 2014(numbers in 1000s; not seasonally adjusted)|
|Foreign born, 16 years and older|
|Civilian labor force||24,982||25,127||145||0.6%|
|Participation rate (%)||66.0%||65.5%||-0.5 %pt.||-0.8%|
|Employment/population %||61.6%||61.8%||0.2 %pt.||0.3%|
|Unemployment rate (%)||6.8%||5.6%||-1.2 %pt.||-17.6%|
|Not in labor force||12,860||13,264||404||3.1%|
|Native born, 16 years and older|
|Civilian labor force||129,757||129,718||-39||0.0%|
|Participation rate (%)||62.6%||62.1%||-0.5 %pt.||-0.8%|
|Employment/population %||58.1%||58.4%||0.3 %pt.||0.5%|
|Unemployment rate (%)||7.2%||5.9%||-1.3 %pt.||-18.1%|
|Not in labor force||77,575||79,330||1,755||2.3%|
|Source: BLS, The Employment Situation - April 2014, Table A-7, May 2, 2014.PDF|
Yet another reason to distrust the April Household Survey.