Oregon Unemployment Reports Hide The Real Story - Seventh Highest Unemployment Rate In Nation
The State of Oregon continues to gild the lily in its monthly unemployment reports. The Oregon State Employment Department report for January, 2006, highlights gains in employment but fails to mention that Oregon's unemployment rate continues to lag behind most of the nation....as usual.
The editorial goes on to blast Kulongoski and the Fishwrappers who parrot their line on the improving job outlook in Oregon. And unlike other editorials you see actual charts, data and source links to back up their assertions.
But sadly, this editorial may prove false. No one seems to have taken into account the illegal alien factor:
These gentlemen don't show up in the employment numbers. (or as taxpayers) Who is counting them?
Is Dan "It's not my job to verify their immigration status" Gardner at the Bureau of Labor and Industries checking up on these folks? You know, to make sure that they are getting paid at least the minimum wage while they work under the table?
What Kulongoski should be doing it touting the underground market as the wave of the future. Press releases that indicate the amount of money flowing from our country to Mexico would show just how vital these untaxed workers are to our economy.
The Governor could go on to brag about how more workers today are speaking Spanish on the job than ever before!
Perhaps he could go Jimmy Carter and grab a hammer and nails and build a nice "habitat for day laborers" so they could have a shelter to wait under while they wait for some unscrupulous employer to pick them up.
Keep up the great work Gov!