Growth is from immigration

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Saturday, February 11, 2012
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Letter author: 
Bill Atherton - Madras
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“Lackluster job growth is expected” was the headline in the paper’s Feb. 3 business section. The report stated that the number of jobs being added — averaging about 137,000 per month — is “just about the number needed to keep up with population growth.”

Population growth! How can this be? The citizens of the United States have been maintaining (since 1973) a fertility rate lower than required for replacement of the population. The article in the paper implies that the population growth is a result of births in the U.S., but this is not the case.

The population “growth” is from immigration. Why can’t the paper report this fact as well as the fact that the Obama administration (like the Bush administration before it) continues to allow 125,000 foreign workers into the U.S. every month?

Newspapers need to print what readers need to know ... and readers need to know the full story on employment/unemployment numbers