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Immigration at the extremes of the skill distribution
According to economists, in the 1980s and 1990s, immigration of low-skilled workers may have increased the labor supply of highly skilled women, and immigration of highly skilled workers may have increased the rate of innovation in the United States.
From brawn to brains: how immigration works for America
Immigrants help fuel the U.S. economy, representing about one in every six workers. Because of accelerated immigration and slowing U.S. population growth, foreign-born workers accounted for almost half of labor force growth over the past 15 years. Public attention has forcused mainly on the large number of low-skilled immigrant workers, but the number of high-skilled immigrants actually grew faster during the period.
Immigrants: skills, occupations and locations
Another jobless recovery?
The expansion of the 1990s began with such unexpectedly slow employment growth that commentators called it the ?jobless recovery.? As the economy now begins to expand after the most recent recession, will employment follow the typical path of most postwar recoveries, or will it repeat the pattern of the 1990s? A look at trends in employment, unemployment, and the labor force participation rate reveals important similarities with the jobless recovery. That said, one of the similarities is an unusually low unemployment rate, which suggests the recovery might be better characterized as ...