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ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACCELERATES BY ADDING 531,000 US JOBS

On November 5, 2021, the Department of Labor reported that 531,000 US jobs were created during October, as the American economy continues its expansion. The impressive increase of jobs in the USA beat the expectations of economists and follows the 312,000 US jobs that were produced in September. The Labor Department also reported that the national unemployment rate sank even further to just 4.6 percent. Among all of the new jobs in America were 100,000 positions filled in the business and professional services sector; 60,000 manufacturing jobs; and 54,000 workers hired in the transportation and warehousing sector. The ongoing worker shortage in the United States is resulting in higher wages for people working in America, as employers try to attract and retain employees. President Joe Biden declared, in response to the US jobs report, that “America’s getting back to work” and further stated that the economy is benefiting more people and is “on the right track.” To read more, click here!

WAGES FOR PEOPLE WORKING IN THE USA SOAR TO A 20-YEAR HIGH

Wages earned by people working in America skyrocketed to the highest level in two decades during the July-September 2021 time period. Companies throughout the United States are being forced to pay higher wages in order to attract and keep workers. Workers employed in hotels, bars and restaurants enjoyed an average increase of 8.1% during the third quarter of 2021 compared with the same time period in 2020. People working in the US retail sector received an average of 5.1% higher pay compared with 12 months earlier. For the first time in about 20 years, workers have an advantage over employers when it comes to negotiating higher pay and other benefits. This has led many workers to quit their jobs in the USA, because they can earn higher wages by switching jobs due to the widespread labor shortage. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta reported that Americans who quit their jobs in the US to work for a different employer increased their income around 5.4 percent compared with one year prior. Many economists are predicting that worker wages in the USA will continue to rise for the foreseeable future. To read more,click here!

US IMMIGRATION COULD ADDRESS AMERICA’S WORKER SHORTAGE

There are more US job vacancies than there are available workers to fill them all, so increasing immigration to the United States is the obvious solution to America’s ongoing labor shortage. Employers nationwide are struggling to fill approximately 10 million jobs in the USA that are currently open in various business sectors. In general, the number of US job postings has increased 41 percent, but in certain industries the demand for new workers is much higher. For example, US job advertisements for construction workers have risen 77 percent and postings for transportation and warehousing jobs in the USA have grown by 68 percent. There is also a shortage of workers for healthcare and technology jobs in the America, but immigrants could help to fill many of these open positions. Both highly-skilled and low-skilled workers are needed. Consequently, immigrants can find excellent US employment opportunities, while also giving a big boost to the US economy. To read more, click here!

THESE COUNTRIES HAD THE MOST DV-2022 GREEN CARD LOTTERY WINNERS

The US State Department has published its August 2021 Visa Bulletin which reveals how many people born in each eligible country were randomly selected as winners of this year’s DV-2022 Green Card Lottery. According to the Visa Bulletin, there were 7,336,302 main applicants who participated in the DV-2022 Green Card Lottery (a total of 13,191,296 when main applicants and their family members are included), with around 119,021 winners selected from six geographic regions. The 119,021 winners who were randomly selected in this year’s DV-Lottery, along with their families, will now have the opportunity to apply for the 55,000 Diversity Visas and US Permanent Resident Green Cards authorized to be issued through the Diversity Visa program. The top 10 eligible countries with the most DV-2022 winners are: Egypt (6,005), Algeria (6,001), Russia (6,001), Sudan (6,001), Uzbekistan (6,001), Iran (5,739), Ukraine (4,949), Morocco (4,138), Nepal (3,802) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (3,347). Some of the other eligible countries that had many DV-Lottery winners this year include: Afghanistan (3,410), Ghana (3,145), Ethiopia (2,988), Kenya (2,882), Albania (2,756), Cameroon (2,656), Turkey (2,526), Tajikistan (2,122), Armenia (2,066), Kyrgyzstan (1,993), Kazakhstan (1,978), Belarus (1,808), Venezuela (1,800), Georgia (1,604), Liberia (1,417), Yemen (1,561), Iraq (1,512), Togo (1,119), Cambodia (1,094) and Australia (1,031). Examples of additional eligible countries that had a substantial number of DV-2022 winners include: Rwanda (983), Cuba (975), Fiji (950), Saudi Arabia (944), Azerbaijan (919), Jordan (917), Angola (855), Sri Lanka (838), Moldova (798), Turkmenistan (745), Benin (735), Uganda (722), Cote D’Ivoire/Ivory Coast (597), Taiwan (574), Myanmar/Burma (561), Germany (526), and South Africa (497). The next step for the DV-2022 Green Card Lottery winners is to file the online DS-260 Immigrant Visa Electronic Application with the US State Department’s Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), so that the Consular Interview can be scheduled. The DV-2022 winners and their family members who complete the consular process successfully will be granted a Diversity Immigrant Visa and US Permanent Resident Green Card to live, study and work in the USA long-term. To read more about this year’s DV-2022 winners (see Section G Diversity Visa Lottery Results), click here!

HELP WANTED TO FILL ONE MILLION US JOBS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

A surge in the construction of new homes and people making home improvements across America has resulted in a severe shortage of construction workers in the United States. It is predicted that workers will be needed to fill 430,000 construction jobs in the USA this year and that an additional one million US jobs in the the construction industry will need to be filled during the next two year to meet the soaring demand. The shortage of construction workers in the United States does not seem to be associated with the pay, because construction workers tend to earn high wages. Rather, the US population is aging and thousands of construction workers are retiring, yet, not enough young people are training for construction jobs in the United States to replace the retiring workers and to fill new US jobs that are being created in the construction industry. To read more, click here!

PRESIDENT BIDEN WELCOMES NEW US CITIZENS AT THE WHITE HOUSE

An extra special US citizenship ceremony was held on July 2, 2021, for 21 newly-naturalized American citizens at The White House. These US Green Card holders were fortunate to have their naturalization ceremony just in time to celebrate Independence Day (the 4th of July holiday) as brand new American citizens. President Joseph Biden welcomed the happy immigrants in the East Room of The White House, declaring, “It’s the dreams of immigrants like you that build America and continue to inject new energy, new vitality and new strength.” The Oath of American Citizenship was administered by the head of the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), Tracy Renaud. Also attending the American citizenship ceremony was Alejandro Mayorkas, the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), who is himself the son of immigrants. The DHS chief told the 21 immigrants after they received their American citizenship, “Our country is also better today because its identity and its fabric as a nation of immigrants is stronger because of you,” A US Green Card holder has the opportunity to apply to become an American citizen after living in the USA for five years and satisfying other eligibility requirements. When Joe Biden became President of the United States earlier this year, he promised to seek a US immigration policy that is more compassionate and better organized than was the case with the previous president. To read more, click here!

THE FASTEST GROWING JOBS IN THE USA ARE IN THE STEM FIELD

US jobs in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field are the fastest growing jobs in America. Examples of high-demand STEM occupations include actuaries, cloud computing professionals, critical care nurses, epidemiologists, software developers, among many others. Since 2000, three times the amount of STEM jobs in the USA have been created than non-STEM occupations. According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecast, around 531,200 new US jobs in the STEM sector will be generated between 2019 and 2029. Computer and information jobs in America are predicted to increase by 11% during the 2019-2029 time frame, which is faster than the average for jobs in the US overall. A key challenge facing employers, however, is there are not enough qualified STEM professionals to fill all of these new US job openings. For example, there were approximately 2.4 million unfilled STEM jobs in the USA during 2018, due to a shortage of qualified professionals. To read more, click here!

US JOB SEEKERS HAVE AN ADVANTAGE DUE TO WORKER SHORTAGE

The economic principle of “supply and demand” can be seen at work in America as the high demand for employees and the low supply of workers is giving US job seekers an advantage over employers. Now that the world’s largest economy is bouncing back from the pandemic disruptions, employers are facing a challenge trying to hire workers to fill open jobs in the United States. As a result, US job seekers may have an advantage when negotiating with employers for pay. Many employers are offering higher wages and other benefits, such as flexible work schedules, in order to fill US job vacancies or to retain their current employees. In some cases, employers are relaxing their education criteria for certain jobs in the US (for example, not requiring a university degree if the worker has the necessary skills and experience). To read more, click here!

WORKERS CAN CHOOSE FROM A RECORD 9.3 MILLION OPEN JOBS IN AMERICA

There are currently a record 9.3 million US job openings available to workers, according to the US Department of Labor’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report released in early June 2021. This breaks the previous record of 8.3 million US job vacancies reported by the Department of Labor last month. Days earlier, the Labor Department announced that 559,000 US jobs were created in May and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent, yet, millions of workers are still needed in America’s booming labor market. The JOLTS report also revealed that 3.95 million people who were working in the USA quit their jobs, which is considered an indicator of confidence Americans have that they can find another job in the US. To read more, click here!

MAY 2021 US JOBS REPORT SAYS 559,000 MORE AMERICANS ARE WORKING

On June 4, 2021, the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that 559,000 more people were working in the USA during May. The BLS also reported that the unemployment rate in the US dropped to 5.8 percent, which is the lowest since the start of the global pandemic. Economists generally consider 5.0 percent unemployment to be “full employment”. Speaking about the new US jobs report, President Joseph Biden declared, “That means we have now created over 2 million jobs in total since I took office, more jobs than have ever been created in the first four months of any presidency in modern history, triple the rate of my predecessor, eight times the rate of President Reagan.” President Biden also said, “No other major economy is gaining jobs as quickly as ours” and gave credit to people living in the USA wearing masks and getting vaccinated, which has allowed more American businesses to open up and hire workers to meet consumer demand. As the economy continues its rapid recovery, employers are facing a shortage of workers to fill a range of jobs in the USA. This current labor shortage is expected to increase as the world’s largest economy expands, creating new jobs in America, and as more “baby boomer” workers retire this decade. To read more, click here!

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