High-skilled Labor

Immigrants play a vital role in America’s high-skilled fields. By 2018, America will face a projected shortfall of more than 200,000 advanced-degree STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) holders. More than half of all PhDs graduating from U.S. universities in many STEM fields are foreign-born, yet current immigration laws make it difficult or impossible for many foreign STEM students to stay in the United States after graduation and help fill the STEM-field workforce shortages.

The problem is particularly acute in the healthcare industry, where the United States faces a shortage of physicians and surgeons, professions that immigrants are nearly twice as likely as native-born citizens to fill. The evidence is clear that high-skilled immigrants create American jobs. Every foreign student who graduates from a U.S. university with an advanced degree and stays and works in a STEM-related field creates an additional 2.62 American jobs. But despite this positive impact, the current immigration system is woefully unprepared to attract and retain the top global talent. Year after year, the cap for temporary high-skilled visas is met within days, leaving tens of thousands of job creators waiting in line to come to America. And while the country invests in educating the best and brightest from around the world at America’s top universities, many of them are sent home after graduation, unable to stay and generate new opportunities in the United States.

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High-skilled Labor

Advancing the Pittsburgh Region

July 12, 2016

The Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE) has released a research brief that highlights the economic and demographic contributions of immigrants in the Pittsburgh region. The brief shows that the 10-county Pittsburgh region’s 82,308 immigrant residents have a significant positive impact on southwestern Pennsylvania’s economy through high rates of workforce participation in key industries,…

Welcome to Akron: How Immigrants and Refugees are Contributing to Akron’s Economic Growth

June 30, 2016

Welcome to Akron: How Immigrants and Refugees are Contributing to Akron’s Economic Growth highlights how immigrants play a critical role in supporting Akron’s growth and development—by starting businesses that create local jobs, participating in key industries in the labor force, paying taxes and contributing to consumer spending, and by increasing housing values in the city. The report features the stories…

Demand for Bilingual Workers in Massachusetts More than Doubled in 5 years, Report Shows

June 21, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 21, 2016 CONTACT Sarah Doolin, Partnership for a New American Economy, sarah@renewoureconomy.org Demand for bilingual workers in Massachusetts more than doubled in 5 years, report shows Boston, MA – Today, the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE) joins business leaders and education advocates at the Massachusetts State House to call…

Language Diversity & The Workforce: The Growing Need for Bilingual Workers in Massachusetts’ Economy

June 21, 2016

On June 21, the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE) joined with business leaders and education advocates at the Massachusetts State House to call for the creation of a state Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy, which formally recognizes high school graduates who are proficient in more than one language, has been hailed as an important…

New Americans in San José and Santa Clara County

June 16, 2016

The Partnership for a New American Economy has developed a series of research briefs that examine the demographic and economic contributions of immigrant communities in counties and cities across the United States. The latest report in the series focuses on San José and Santa Clara County. The brief shows that Santa Clara County’s 1.9 million immigrant…

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