Data shows millions of Americans falling out of the workforce

Data shows millions of Americans falling out of the workforce

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The immigration bill currently moving through the Senate would nearly double the number of Border Patrol agents.

 

Neil Munro | The Daily Caller

The number of native-born, working-age Americans who aren’t working has shot up by almost 9 million since 2007, and by almost 15 million since 2000, according to a new report by the Center for Immigration Studies, an anti-immigration group.

By late 2012, roughly 50 million native-born working-age Americans weren’t working, up from 40 million in 2000, according to the , titled “Still No Evidence of a Labor Shortage.”

The army of idle Americans is important for the immigration debate, because advocates for greater immigration say foreign workers are needed to fill slots that can’t be taken by Americans.

The 50 million idle Americans include many who are studying, have chosen not to work or have retired early.

But the government data shows that 16.7 million native-born Americans

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