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Old 08-20-2011, 12:10 AM
Bill Scher Bill Scher is offline
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Default Re: Bill does not seem to understand the claim about inflow of unemployed people.

Originally Posted by Unit View Post
The claim is made here that Texas has seen a lot of inflow of unemployed people from other US states and this should put the unemployment rate in Texas in perspective. Bill answers with a comparison to Obama's record. But the problem is that at the National level population growth has not spiked. In fact immigrant flows have slowed down. So in fact Obama's job numbers are worse than what they would appear.
That doesn't make any sense. The country has experienced net positive job growth, particularly in the private sector, for the past year: http://www.democraticleader.gov/blog/?p=4345

If population growth was slower than the job growth (I do not know if that is true, I'm just saying "if") that would mean more jobs to go around for the unemployed that were already here, and a faster recovery for the 8 million who lost their jobs in the Great Recession begun by the 2008 financial crisis.

I don't think that's an argument for arbitrarily restricting immigration, because immigration can have a multiplier effect.

But so far as narrowly interpreting month-to-month job numbers, I don't see how slower immigration and relatively reduced population makes Obama's jobs numbers worse.
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