October 27, 2016

JOBS WHITE PEOPLE WON'T DO:

How America's outdated immigration laws hurt the economy (Brian Schaitkin, OCTOBER 24, 2016, CS Monitor)

The Conference Board's uniquely forward-looking Labor Shortage Index demonstrates that America's businesses are more likely to have future difficulty finding health workers than information technology (IT) ones. This tool assesses future labor shortage risk by occupation based on three factors: (i) the gap between future demand and supply; (ii) the education and skills required; and (iii) how flexible the occupation is to different work arrangements. The last factor best explains why tech sector occupations have lower future shortage risks than health ones. Computer programmers can work offshore or from home; nurses cannot.

The share of immigrants working in an occupation is another important measure of flexibility. As fewer native-born workers enter the labor force, higher levels of immigration will be needed to fill the gaps--particularly in certain occupations where the "home-grown pipeline" is not full.

Posted by at October 27, 2016 6:27 PM

  

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