Friday, November 24, 2006

Software Engineering Shedding Jobs in 2006

According to analysis by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in Q3 2006 American Software Engineers, Computer Scientists and Systems Analysts have lost jobs this year over last year - a net loss of 93,000. This is amazing given recent claims from the IT industry and lobbyists claim they are unable to find qualified IT professionals in the United States.

What is even more amazing is that the Commerce Department continues to release overly optimistic reports supporting the claims of the IT industry. Overly optimistic is being kind - they are in fact lying. The best employment data available proves that American software professionals are losing jobs. This is a direct result of our government not representing the interests of the middle class.
It is no wonder that American students are turning away from Computer Science majors. This is an urgent issue. In order for America to remain competitive in the global market, we must be the best when it comes to software engineering and innovation. Our government, and private enterprise in their rush to offshore - are failing us.


At 4:53 AM, Blogger Weaver said...

I posted this is response to ILW Attorney, Greg Siskind's challenge.


(Hopefully the formatting will hold)

The Unemployment numbers don't tell the economic story, your guestworker friends are displacing our laid-off domestic workers. The domestic workers are not in the unemployed category, they are NILFed.

Okay, you want some proof.

2,571,031 [2000-2005 (H-1B, L-1, EB2, EB3)My Totals]
5,105,000 [Non-Farm Job Growth 2000-2005]

Immigrant share of U.S. Job Growth 2000-2005 = 50.36%

Avg. Job Growth Per Capita: Men .... Women
1971 - 2000 ....................... 1.390% .... 2.546%
2001 - 2006 ....................... 0.964% .... 0.862%

Avg. Growth in NILF: Per Capita: Men .... Women
1971 - 2000 .......................... 0.252% .... (-2.201%)
2001 - 2006 .......................... 0.408% .... 0.271%

Now why would these numbers deviate so drastically from the 29 year trend? I'll tell you why, because in the four year period, 2000-2003, the U.S. economy only created 192,000 jobs for men, but we still imported several million immigrants.

BTW: Mr Siskind, your clients are protecting their market-share by depriving third-world countries of their educated workforce and postponing capital investment abroad. The U.S. government is running scared and authorizing unprecedented numbers of NIV employment waivers as labor subsidies -- exactly whom is practicing protectionism here?

Guestworker impact study:

At 10:09 PM, Blogger R. Lawson said...

Just visited your blog. All I can say is WOW - you have gathered a volume of data on the subject. I haven't done much work on this since November - but the information you have compiled may spark further efforts on my part.

What I like most about your blog is that you care about finding data. I am much the same. I prefer the facts to direct my oppinion. What Greg Siskind doesn't have is a firm grasp of the facts when it comes to labor statistics and occupational impacts of "non-immigrant" visas.

Keep up the good work!


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