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This Single Jobs Stat Is the One That Matters

Blog post: Foreign-born Americans are finding jobs, while native-born Americans struggle
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2015 10:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – You may have caught recent headlines about the nation's unemployment rate falling to 5.1%, a seven-year low. And you may have heard related arguments about how that stat is meaningless because so many people have stopped looking for work. But a blog post at Zero Hedge argues that there's one jobs-related stat that is important, especially in this immigration-centric election season: In August, nearly 700,000 native-born Americans lost their job, while about 200,000 foreign-born Americans gained one.

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That alone is "enough to provide the Trump—and every other—campaign with enough soundbites and pivot points to last it for weeks on end," observes the post. And it's no fluke: Since 2007, about 800,000 native-born Americans have found jobs, a figured dwarfed by the 2.1 million foreign-born Americans who have done so. The result? "You have a combustible mess that will lead to serious fireworks during the next GOP primary." (Click for the full blog post.)

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