When it comes to employment, young Americans, including recent college graduates, can’t get a break. One report after another indicates that fewer young adults have full-time jobs than at any time in the recent past.
According to Gallup’s Payroll to Population (P2P) analysis, released July 30, dramatically fewer Americans age 18 – 29 worked full time in June 2013 (43.6 percent) than they did in June 2012 (47 percent). The June 2013 P2P rate for young adults also reflected a decline from 45.8 percent in June 2011 and 46.3 percent in June 2010. Gallup notes that job creation has barely kept up with population growth over the last three years.
Gallup’s findings are based on monthly interviews with approximately 30,000 Americans. Gallup defines full time as 30 hours per week which may not be enough hours to qualify for paid health care and other benefits. Analysts consider P2P as a measure of personal and national economic well-being. Americans unable to secure a full-time job struggle to support their families and defer major purchases like homes, cars or high-end household appliances.
In his Wall Street Journal editorial, Mort Zuckerman, chairman and editor of U.S. News & World Report, summed it up this way:
In recent months, Americans have heard reports out of Washington and in the media that the economy is looking up – that recovery from the Great Recession is gathering steam. If only it were true. The longest and worst recession since the end of World War II has been marked by the weakest recovery from any U.S. recession in that same period. The jobless nature of the recovery is particularly unsettling.
Despite overwhelming evidence that Americans of all educational and demographic backgrounds are suffering, the federal government doesn’t care a fig. If passed either in part or in the whole, amnesty legislation would further decrease Americans’ employment possibilities and depress wages. Sadly, jobless Americans don’t register with Congress compared to the perceived needs of illegal immigrants.
Here’s a selection of disappointing comments made by House leaders determined to undermine Americans.
Once considered an enforcement stalwart, House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte wants: “to find a way to bring people out of the shadows and give them legal status that will allow them to be better able to participate in our society.” Apparently, Goodlatte wasn’t looking out his window during the Gran Marcha, a brilliantly sunshiny day in April when thousands of aliens gathered on Capitol Hill to demand amnesty.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor: “It is time to provide an opportunity for legal residence and citizenship for those who were brought to this country as children and know no other home.”
Paul Ryan, House Budget Chair and former vice presidential candidate, wants to “do something for people who are undocumented” before October.
In today’s corrupt, soulless Washington, Americans’ real and urgent needs are subordinate to aliens’ lengthy want list.