2015 Update: How Native-Born Americans and U.S. Immigrants Work
The Department of Labor has released its latest annual report regarding the extent to which people born in the USA and immigrants to the USA work. The latest information available as of Summer 2016 is for calendar year 2015. These newly-published results indicate that in 2015, 62.2% of native-born Americans were active in the labor force. By comparison, 65.2% of immigrants to the United States were active in the labor force. This result contradicts the story told by anti-immigrant forces who insist that immigrants are lazy. If work is the opposite of laziness, then it looks like immigrants are less lazy than Americans who were born here.
How about immigrants of color? Some people who rhyme with Schmonald Flump like to castigate Hispanic immigrants, suggesting that they’re ne’er-do-well layabouts who suck on the teat of Mother America, dependent on the welfare state for their livelihood. Yet the labor force participation rate of Hispanic immigrants is higher than the labor force participation rate of immigrants overall — 68.2%. What about foreign-born blacks? Their labor force participation rate was actually the highest — at 70.8% in 2015.
If the Schmonald Flumps of the world absolutely must be opposed to immigration and call them lazy layabouts, they should focus their negative energies on the subset of immigrants who only had a 58.7% labor force participation rate in 2015. Who are these particular “lazy” immigrants? Foreign-born white immigrants. If Flump really wants to exclude the “laziest” immigrants from the country, he should stand up and demand that European immigration to the USA must come to an end.
Do you think that Schmonald Flump is ever going to make that move? Don’t hold your breath. The Flumps of the world don’t base their speeches on the silly gathering of national statistics. Flumps work from a much more serious source: the gut. Flumpguts are much more comfortable with pale immigrants, statistics be darned. Don’t like it? Move to another country and change its labor force participation rate!