Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Computer Occupations: H-1B 80% of (Recession Recovery) Employment Level Growth 2011-2013

During the "recovery" from the most severe economic times since the Great Depression, 80% of Computer Employment Growth went to new H-1B immigrants.

Recession and recovery periods are critically important, foreign labor work authorizations  during these periods must be highly scrutinized.

The BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) offer us of view of the occupational levels from year to year.  Released in May of each year, the titles can be a bit misleading, for instance, the May 2013 report covers from the end of May 2012 through April 2013 -- so the MAY 2013 OES report in question aligns almost perfectly with the Fiscal Year 2012 H-1B Characteristics report from USCIS (Fiscal year begins on April 1).

The H-1B is a 3 year visa in its fist term, with a single 3 year extension and unlimited 1 year extensions for those who have secured PERM employment sponsorship for a Green Card. 

In order to compare employment level growth and H-1B foreign labor assumption of employment growth, we need to look at the 3 year period where the H-1B is known to have employment authorization.

H-1B New Employment Approvals  in Computer Occupations
FY 2012 = 83,444 (61.4% of total new approvals)
FY 2011 = 51,570 ( 48.9% of total new approvals )
FY 2010 = 31,661 ( 41.8 of total new approvals)
Total 166,675
Source: USCIS Reports and Studies
Concerning the employment level Gain or Losses, a portion of the Computer Occupations do not require a bachelors degree or higher and therefore, should not be eligible for the H-1B program.

Computer Occupations, 3 year Employment Level Loss Gain
Bachelors Degree or Higher = 206,240 *
Associate Degree =  73,870
* The Bachelors Degree or Higher contains Web Developers, which is an Associate Degree entry position, but that number cannot be extracted from this data-series.

 Once again, we see that of the employment growth that is H-1B eligible, 206,240  jobs, 166,875 of these jobs (89%) went to H-1B "temporary" immigrants.

Meanwhile, 235,818 entry degrees, 125,393 bachelors and 110,425 associate degrees, were awarded to citizens and permanent residents in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services from 2010 to 2012.
Source: WebCaspar NCSES

Occupational Employment Statistics - Data

20112013Emp. Loss / Growth

Computer Occupations

15-1111Computer and Information Research Scientists

15-1121Computer Systems Analysts

15-1131Computer Programmers

15-1132Software Developers, Applications

15-1133Software Developers, Systems Software

15-1141Database Administrators

15-1142Network and Computer Systems Administrators

15-1150Computer Support Specialists
15-1179Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, and Computer Network Architects
272,670332,11059,440 *
15-1799Computer Occupations, All Other*


Source data: http://www.bls.gov/oes/tables.htm

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Thank a Slave for that Cheap Laptop and Phone?

Only 36% of Google's DRC mineral suppliers are certified as conflict free.

Topic: Conflict Minerals and Slave Labor:

YouTube Link

Just a short post to try to give this topic a bump, good segment by, Abbey Martin from RT's, Breaking the Set.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Correlation Therefore Conclusion

In my wildest dreams, I can not imagine Peri, Shih and Sparber, concluding the mere presence of immigrant workers causes wages to rise –- these are employment based migrants, their gig is to move to the locations where the wages are rising.

The mainstream media is on a mission to extol the virtue of the  In this particular instance, it is impossible to tell if the journalistic pro-immigration slant is coming from the Wall Street Journal authors, Josh Zumbrun and Matt Stiles and if the article’s title, "Skilled Foreign Workers a Boon to Pay, Study Finds” was their idea, was created by their editor, or is actually contained in the “Study” that Zumbrun and Stiles neglected to name.  I guess the WSJ authors thought that nobody would be interested in reading the study, authored by, Giovanni Peri, Kevin Shih, Chad Sparber,  and entitled, “Foreign STEM Workers and Native Wages and Employment in U.S. Cities”, so why bother to provide the name of the study that they are writing about? 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Computer Occupations 2013: Winners & Losers

Winners and losers in the Computer-occupations for May 2013 from the BLS, Occupational Employment Statistics.  The overall employment level growth for the period was, 116,620.  In comparison, Employment growth for the prior year was 143,890  (May 2011 to May 2012).


Educational Requirement

Occupation code Occupation title Level Employment 2013 Employment 2012 Associate Bachelor Postgrad

15-1100 Computer Occupations minor 3,573,120 3,456,500 22,620 94,500 -500

15-1111 Computer and Information Research Scientists detail 24,380 24,880


15-1120 Computer and Information Analysts broad 585,120

15-1121 Computer Systems Analysts detail 507,100 482,040

15-1122 Information Security Analysts detail 78,020 72,670

15-1130 Software Developers and Programmers broad 1,442,500

15-1131 Computer Programmers detail 312,340 316,790

15-1132 Software Developers, Applications detail 643,830 586,340

15-1133 Software Developers, Systems Software detail 373,510 391,700

15-1134 Web Developers detail 112,820 102,940

15-1140 Database and Systems Administrators and Network Architects broad 618,480

15-1141 Database Administrators detail 114,910 111,590

15-1142 Network and Computer Systems Administrators detail 362,310 350,320

15-1143 Computer Network Architects detail 141,270 137,890

15-1150 Computer Support Specialists broad 706,360

15-1151 Computer User Support Specialists detail 541,250 525,630 15,620

15-1152 Computer Network Support Specialists detail 165,100 167,980 -2,880

15-1199 Computer Occupations, All Other detail 196,280 185,730

22,620 94,500 -500

The May 2013 Occupational Employment Statistics data were released on April 1, 2014 and are available at www.bls.gov/oes/tables.htm.