November 23, 2021
The U.S. is in dire need of new and immigrant workers because many Americans are quitting their jobs. There are currently 3 million fewer people looking for jobs than in February 2020. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 3% of the workforce (or 4 million people) quit their jobs voluntarily in September 2021 alone, and that is on top of the 4.3 million who did it in August, and another 4 million in July. This is the highest level of resignations registered in the country in the last two decades.
The motivations for this huge exit from the workforce range from fear of COVID-19, to the wish to spend more time with family members, to career changes, to simply taking some time off.
The labor shortage is affecting not only the companies that are being forced to increase wages (up to $31/hour) and to offer sign-up bonuses worth thousands of dollars to attract new workers, but also the consumers who are forced to pay higher prices, and in some cases, must change their plans due to the supply chain issues. Because there are not enough workers to cover the demand!
Construction, transportation, accommodation, and hospitality are the four industries most affected by this lack of workers and are also the industries offering the greatest opportunities to new and immigrant workers. In Texas and California alone, for example, about 40% of employees in the construction industry are immigrants.
Together with the need for more workers in the U.S., consider the over 40 immigration policies passed by the Trump Administration that made immigration to the U.S. and temporary worker visas more difficult to obtain. Luckily, President Biden has followed through with his election promises to overturn most of those restrictions, to make it easier for new workers to arrive in America.
It is estimated that there are currently 3 million fewer workers, of which 2 million can be attributed to immigrants who were never able to come to the U.S. under Trump-era policies. But that situation is changing now with the return to pre-Trump, open immigration policy.
The U.S. has the #1 economy in the world and offers employees more benefits than most countries on the planet. From high salaries (the average salary for a pharmacy manager is $112,000 per year), to generous benefit packages including 3 to 6 weeks of paid time off per year (plus national and state holidays), health, dental, vision, and life insurance, contributions to pension/retirement (401k) plans, yearly tuition reimbursement to keep studying and learning, maternity and paternity leave, childcare benefits, gym memberships, travel benefits, workplace perks like free food, coffee, office parties, and flexible work schedules from home or in the office. The benefits are truly amazing!
The U.S. offers 55,000 green cards (that number is expected to be increased) every year to applicants and their immediate family members to legally live, work, or study in America under the Diversity Visa Program which is designed to bring new workers to the country to take jobs that need to be filled, thereby helping to grow the economy. Applying takes a few simple steps and when selected it could mean a new beginning for you in the “Land of Dreams” with plenty of opportunities. With the current shortage of workers across many industries, that also means that you can easily find a job and a better future.
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