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The Employment Situation: March 2004: Hearing Before the Joint Economic Committee, Congress of the United States, One Hundred Eighth Congress

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The Employment Situation: March 2004: Hearing Before the Joint Economic Committee, Congress of the United States, One Hundred Eighth Congress

by United States Congress Joint

About this title: Original publisher: Washington: U.S. G.P.O.: For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 2005. LC Number: KF25 .E2 2004k OCLC Number: (OCoLC)62555569 Subject: Labor market -- United States. Excerpt: ... 11 Senator Sessions. So the jobs we are seeing now are a product of the strong growth we have had for several quarters? Commissioner Utgoff. We don't have any econometric models that predict how they all relate, but I think it is fair to say growth is correlated with jobs. Senator Sessions. Another thing that has complicated this is productivity. Productivity, the economists say, is good, but it may not be good if your job was the one that got lost in the production achievements through technology and things like that. So we have had increased productivity. Is that a factor in the lagging of the job growth until maybe this quarter, this month? Commissioner Utgoff. In the early stages, productivity can re-duce jobs.or Senat Sessions. So it seems to me that what we are seeing is that we got the growth we wanted at the same time we were achieving tremendous productivity increases, which makes us very competitive in the world marketplace, but didn't get the surge in jobs that we hoped to get; and now we are beginning to feel those jobs. I think that is just good news, and I hope it can continue. With regard to the payroll survey, what about illegal immigrants in the country? Are some of those picked up on the payroll survey and some not, or do we have a number? Commissioner Utgoff. We don't have a number, but some em-ployers are given fake documents, and they are included on a pay-roll. Employers are very concerned about - some are - about having illegal workers. In other cases where it may be day labor or some-thing like that, they may not have full papers, and they may not be recorded on a payroll. We don't have any breakdown of that. As I said, it is very hard to measure illegal activity. Senator Sessions. So you really can't - you are not aware of any studie...

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