Population LTE: Al Bartlett

October 15, 2012 • United States, Daily Email Recap

The following LTE was written and sent to me by Dr. Al Bartlett, having been published in the Boulder Daily Camera (Colorado) on Sunday October 7, 2012, Pg. 10B. The LTE points out that roughly 125,000 new jobs need to be created each month in the United States just to take care of population growth.

Al Bartlett writes:

October 4, 2012

Dear Friends,

Politicians and business people look forward eagerly to the announcement of the number of new jobs created in the US each month. In news stories in the Camera, the monthly number of new jobs has been in the range from 40,000 to 100,000. A couple of these stories pointed out that we have to create around 125,000 new jobs each month just to take care of population growth in the US!

To see that this number is approximately correct we note that the population of the US is a little over 300 million and the current population growth rate is a little under 1% per year which means that the population of the US is increasing by about 3 million people per year. We can guess that half of these people are workers and the other half are dependents so we have an increase of about 1.5 million workers per year in the US. Divide this by 12 and we get 125,000 new jobs needed each month to accommodate population growth in the US. The number quoted in the Camera is reasonable.

It’s no wonder that the employment rate has not gone down even though lots of jobs have been created.

In his closing remarks in the first of the Presidential Debates, Mitt Romney promised, “I will create-help create 12 million new jobs in this country with rising incomes.” If you imagine 12 million new jobs in 8 years this is 125,000 new jobs a month which is just enough to keep up with population growth without any reduction of the number of people now unemployed.

The availability of resources, including water, needed to support these new people and new jobs is declining rapidly, causing prices to rise. This leads to hardships for all and it will lead to limits to growth.

How long do you suppose it will take before someone in the Congress or the Administration in Washington, DC connects the dots and concludes that it’s urgent for us in the US to stop our country’s population growth?

Sincerely yours,

Albert A. Bartlett

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