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Facing Shortage of High-Skilled Workers, Employers Are Seeking More Immigrant Talent, Study Finds

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A new report finds that the U.S. does not have enough high-skilled workers to meet demand for computer-related jobs, and employers are seeking immigrant talent to help fill that gap.

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U.S. employers are seeking out immigrants for computer-related jobs amid a shortage of domestic talent, according to a study by bipartisan immigration research group New American Economy (NAE).

While U.S. employers posted 1.36 million openings for computer-related jobs last year, U.S. Department of Labor data indicated only 177,000 computer and math workers were unemployed.

NAE found more than seven job postings for computer-related occupations for each unemployed U.S computer or math worker.

Census data indicated immigrants constituted 25% of the computer workforce in 2019, while the Department of Labor estimated they comprised 17.4% of the broader workforce.

Said NAE's Andrew Lim, "The evidence in this report is really adding more support to the idea that there are still needs from employers in the U.S. for computer-related workers that are not being addressed by current immigration policy in the U.S."

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