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The Bush Betrayal—By The Numbers

Table 1:

George W. Bush`s Legacy—By the Numbers

 

2000

2006

% change

GDP (billions of 2000 dollars)

$9,891.7

$11,415.3

16.3%

Employment (millions)

135.208

144.427

6.8%

Foreign-born employment (millions.)

16.954

22.225

31.1%

Federal spending (billions. of 2000 dollars)

$1,789.2

$2,247.1

25.6%

Foreign-born population (millions)

31.2

39.6

27.2%

Illegal alien population (millions)

6.700

11.980

78.8%

Sources:

GDP: Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Employment, foreign-born employment: BLS – unpublished work tables.

Federal spending: OMB, FY2008 Budget. PDF

Foreign-born population (millions): Census (2000); BLS unpublished tables (2006)

Illegal alien population: Pew Hispanic Center, PDF

 

Table 2:

U.S. Employment by Nativity, 2006-2050

(number in thousands)

 

Total

US Born

Foreign Born

% Foreign-born

2000

135,208

118,254

16,954

12.5%

2006

144,427

122,202

22,225

15.4%

    Projections based on 2000-06 employment trend:

2010

151,498

124,876

26,622

17.6%

2025

187,826

135,435

52,391

27.9%

2050

316,958

155,050

161,908

51.1%

Source: Current Population Survey. Unpublished work tables prepared by Dr. Abraham Mosisa, BLS.

 

Edwin S. Rubenstein (email him) is President of ESR Research Economic Consultants in Indianapolis.