The Sources of Unemployment


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Household Data, Historical, Table A-1. Employment status of the civilian noninstitutional population 16 years and over, 1977 to date.
  2. Data from Center for Immigration Studies Backgrounder “A Record-Setting Decade of Immigration: 2000- to 2010”, by Steven Camarota, October 2011, from Census and Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Because of emigration and deaths of immigrants, the 13.9 million immigrants represented a net gain of perhaps 9 million from 2000 to 2010. Migration data are notoriously inexact, because of poor data, illegal immigration, non-immigrant visa overstayers, our failure to count emigrants, and differing terminology among the statistical agencies.
  3. See my NPG FOOTNOTE, 2-2012: “Two White Hats”.
  4.  See my booklet Valedictory: The Age of Overshoot (Note 11) and follow-up NPG FORUM paper The Apocalypse is on Schedule (NPG March 2011.)
  5. See, “Proposed National PopulationPolicy”, under “What NPG Stands For.”
  6.  Juggernaut: Growth on a Finite Planet (Santa Ana, CA: Seven Locks Press, 1996) p.181.
  7. Bloomberg Market Magazine online Nov. 27, 2011 calculated that by March 2009 the Fed had committed $7.77 trillion, including emergency short term credits and other measures such as loan guarantees to shore up the financial sector, without publicly reporting them.
  8. Former Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich, “The Limping Middle Class”, New York Times 9-13-2011, from Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
  9. See my NPG FORUM article “It’s The Numbers, Stupid”, Nov. 2003. Polls regularly show that a majority of respondents, including Hispanics, want less immigration. Polls sponsored by the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations show – among other things – that most of the general public wants less immigration, but the “elite” want more. In a remarkably candid quote, U.S. Senator Tom Davis told the Senate that a proposed bill increasing immigration was not popular, but that Silicon Valley executives wanted it, and they are major political contributors. The bill passed 93-1.
  10. For a more detailed discussion, see my NPG FORUM “November’s Lessons”, November 2010.
  11. See UN Population Division, World Population Prospects, the 2010 Revision, and my June 2011 NPG FORUM, “The UN 2010 Population Projections: A Proposal”.
  12. In the booklet Valedictory: The Age of Overshoot (NPG, 2007), I catalogued the measures that I believe are needed to address the multiple issues facing humanity as it wrestles with overpopulation. (Available from NPG or at See the italicized starred paragraphs.)

Lindsey Grant

Lindsey Grant is a retired Foreign Service Officer; he was a China specialist and served as Director of the Office of Asian Communist Affairs, National Security Council staff member, and Department of State policy Planning staff member. As Deputy Secretary of State for Environmental and Population Affairs, he was Department of State coordinator for the Global 2000 Report to the President, Chairman of the interagency committee on Int'l Environmental Committee and US member of the UN ECE Committee of Experts on the Environment. His books include: Too Many People, Juggernaut, The Horseman and the Bureaucrat, Elephants in Volkswagen, How Many Americans?

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