Saturday, May 4, 2013

Is immigration the cause of our jobless problem?

English: A world map showing countries by fert...
English: A world map showing countries by fertility rate. Period 2005–2010 Español: Mapa del mundo con los países por índice de fertilidad. Periodo 2005–2010 Português: Um mapa mundial identificando os países por índice de fertilidade. Período 2005–2010 7–8 children 6–7 children 5–6 children 4–5 children 3–4 children 2–3 children 1–2 children 0–1 children (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
That's what this commentator seems to be saying.  After indicating that retirements and a low fertility rate combine to decrease the need for additional new jobs, he adds, 

"That being said, we still have a growing population and a growing workforce. The third factor — immigration — has remained fairly steady, while the fertility rate — though declining — remains strong compared to other developed nations. That’s why we need somewhere between 80,000 and 120,000 jobs per month just to keep up with population growth, and that will probably continue to be the case for the next ten years."

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