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Shocking study: ALL net job gains since 2000 have gone to immigrants

Posted: July 8, 2013 at 11:30 am   /   by

It appears as though Matt Stone and Trey Parker possess a measure of clairvoyance, or at very least a highly keen insight into aspects of American society. Just as a comment by Cartman in a 1998 South Park episode appeared to presage the movie Brokeback Mountain, so too did a refrain in the 2004 episode GoobacksWhile the episode itself may have been somewhat gross and offensive, in the style for which Parker and Stone have long been known, the episode’s iconic, repeated cry of “They took our jobs!” may actually be literally, statistically true:

While jobs are always being created and lost, and the number of workers rises and falls with the economy, a new analysis of government data shows that all of the net gain in employment over the last 13 years has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal). From the first quarter of 2000 to the first quarter of 2013, the number of natives working actually fell by 1.3 million while the overall size of the working-age (16 to 65) native population increased by 16.4 million. Over the same time period, the number of immigrants working (legal and illegal) increased by 5.3 million.

In case you do better with visuals, here are those data in chart form:


In case you were thinking that this is the case because immigrants accounted for all the growth in thw working-age population, think again:


And here it is broken down by year:

It would not be unreasonable to state that the reasons why this is taking place are multifarious and complex, but one thing is for sure: The assertion that immigrants and native-born citizens are not in competition for jobs is patently untrue.

The study is enormous and bears thorough examination, but even its top-line conclusion should give every American pause. And the Gang of Eight, and all members of Congress currently debating this topic, need to take a long, hard look at these data.


(See also the Washington Times’ Immigrants account for all job gains since 2000: native-born workers’ employment has fallen.)

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
Christopher Cook