Women’s employment has fallen much worse than people realize since the recession but immigrant women are gaining jobs.
We have reported before on this blog about how women have been especially suffering in the Obama economy. If one blames George Bush for the 2007 recession (which I believe is a completely legitimate verdict) then we can allow him to share some responsibility for the problem. But it is indisputable that labor participation for women has been a disaster since 2007, which is why slogans about equal pay would be useless, even if they weren’t based on lies. If women don’t have jobs their pay scale is meaningless.
Now we can add another dimension to the women’s employment picture. From the Washington Examiner, we read, “Jobs shock: 100% of female employment gains taken by foreigners since 2007.”
All of the employment gains among women since the recession hit in December 2007 have been taken by foreigners, even at a time when the numbers of U.S.-born women surged more than 600,000, according to new federal statistics.
The jobs data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed gains in the “employment level” among “foreign born women” and losses among “native born women.”
The charts show that 9.041 million foreign-born women held jobs in December of 2007 compared to 10.028 million today – or a gain of roughly 1 million jobs.
In contrast, 59.322 million U.S.-born women held jobs in December of 2007 compared to 59.258 million today – or a loss of nearly 64,000 jobs.
I suppose someone could argue that it is likely these are different jobs and that the foreigners are working lower-paying jobs that the native women are unwilling to do. Maybe. But, if so, that means we have a group of women who are waiting for their jobs to come back while the economy has changed (perhaps permanently) with the help of new workers and their green cards.
The Washington Examiner doesn’t say how these women who are no longer in the labor force are supporting themselves, but if it is through disability or some other aspect of the welfare state, then we are in a situation where the government is bribing American citizens to be satisfied with joblessness while the economy attempts to rebuild with foreign workers. Using debt to keep Americans content with being locked out of the productive economy, while foreign workers take jobs, is not a sustainable plan.