Staggering figures have revealed that over 1.2million US-born workers lost their jobs last month while the foreign-born workforce increased by nearly 700,000 – as migrants continue to flood across the border under the Biden administration.
Data from US Bureau of Labor Statistics show that between July and August, there was a staggering decrease of 1.223million native-born people in the workforce – which is a low not beaten since the jobs crash when Covid hit in April 2020.
By comparison, the number of foreign-born workers has been increasing since the beginning of the year. In January 2023, there were 28.69million non-natives working in the States, rising to 29.96million in April, and 30.396million in August.
The most dramatic drop in native-born employment numbers was, perhaps unsurprisingly, between March and April of 2020, in the first month of the coronavirus pandemic.
Employment went from 128million to 111million in the space of four weeks – equating to 17.324million jobs being lost.
July to August of 2023 has been the biggest drop since.
While there can often 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 that previous periods.
In 2021 between July and August, there was an employment drop of 601,000 native-born people in the US.
Similarly in the same months in 2022, there were 324,000 less workers in jobs.
Even before the pandemic, in data from July and August 2019, there were 700,000 less native-born people in the US workforce.
Therefore, this year’s 1.223million negative difference seems more concerning – negatively bucking the trend of previous vacation lulls.
Looking at the same summer jumps for foreign workers, the opposite trend seems to be true. Employment has been expanding, rather than contracting.