Looking at the September unemployment numbers (most recent available on the website) two things stick out.
First you have this:
"Oregon’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment rose by 3,900 jobs in September."
"In September, two major industries – government (+2,500) and professional and business services (+2,400) – had seasonally adjusted job gains of more than 2,000."
So government was the biggest "industry" that was hiring and it taxpayers are funding more than half the new hires in the month of September. Nice.
The other number from September is this one:
"In September, 90,938 Oregonians were unemployed..."
Rewind to earlier in the year and we have the same guy who prepares the unemployment reports saying this:
"While we don't have data at the city level, we have been able to estimate that 70,000 to 88,000 unauthorized immigrants were working or looking for work (i.e., in the labor force) in Oregon in 2005."
Now forgive my public school math but 90,938 > 88,000 right? So our fellow citizens are looking for work but can't find it because they are squeezed out by enough illegal alien workers that they amount to more than our unemployed.
Maybe if we call them "guest workers" it will help our fellow citizens get jobs.