(OPINION) Manufacturers Can Leverage Immigration to Fill Labor Gaps, Address Prevailing Skills Shortage

The United States is facing an unprecedented labor shortage. How can U.S. manufacturers’ labor shortage be solved with immigration? In June 2021, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released the America Works Report, which is based on an analysis of more than 20 years of federal jobs and employment data. Among the findings is that there are approximately half as many available workers for every open job and the ratio continues to fall. While the COVID-19 pandemic is certainly part of the conversation, it is only one of many contributing factors to the growing shortage.

Aimee Guthat, National Law Review, September 13, 2021
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