Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Legal work-related immigration has fallen by a third since 2020, contributing to US labor shortages


Farmers have been clamoring for immigration reform to address their need for labor.  

on The Conversation analyzes the possible labor market consequences of easing immigration restrictions.  He notes that

"Labor shortages are especially severe today in certain industries that rely heavily on immigrants as employees.

For example, in 2020 foreign-born workers accounted for 39% of the farming, fishing and forestry workforce, 30% of all people employed in construction and extraction, 26% of everyone working in computer science and mathematics and 22% in health care support.

As a result, these industries are facing unprecedented challenges in trying to find workers to fill open jobs.

If these labor shortages continue, I’m certain that they will keep hurting job markets, supply chains and productivity as companies have to pay their employees more and then increase prices due in part to those higher labor costs."

The conclusion:  "Even if the political hurdles can be high, I believe boosting the number of immigrants allowed to legally work in the United States is an important way that the authorities can ease labor shortages.'"


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