Axios Pro Rata: Immigration’s role in America’s labor shortage

Axios Pro Rata: Immigration’s role in America’s labor shortage

America’s labor shortage crisis has been exacerbated by immigration

restrictions that have reduced the number of both skilled and unskilled

workers, Axios’ Hope King and I report.

Between the lines: Most of the labor scarcity blame has been aimed at

expanded unemployment benefits, hard-to-find child care and low wages.

But there is a fourth leg to the stool.

By the numbers: Immigrant and non-immigrant visas issued during the

year ending October 2020 were down by nearly 5 million, or 54%, from

2019.

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