Geopolitics

Here's how the US can sort out its labour shortages

Of the estimated 45 million people living in the US, roughly 14% of the population were born elsewhere. Image: Pexels/Nout Gons

Jose Ivan Rodriguez-Sanchez

Research Scholar of Economics, Rice University

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A chart showing a job hunter's market from 2015 to 2022.
By July 2022, the US had 11.2 million job openings but only 5.7 million unemployed workers who might fill them. Image: The Conversation.

A chart showing the number of foreign-worker visas issued between 2015 and 2021.
The US government issued a record 813,330 temporary employment-based visas in 2019. Image: The Conversation.

A chart showing declining participation in the US workforce from 2000 to 2022.
Labour shortages are severe and certain industries rely on immigrants as employees. Image: The Conversation.

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