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Understanding Immigrant Skills in the United States to Build a Competitive Labor Force

Posted: January 23, 2018
Authors: Rob Paral
Organizations: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Investing in human capital—workers’ education and skills—is key to building a productive workforce, supporting innovation, and fostering economic growth. As the United States
strives to build a workforce that will maintain its economic competitiveness in an increasingly global marketplace, the conversation about human capital must increasingly consider the unique characteristics of foreign-born workers, who currently represent one in every six workers.

This report details those unique attributes, including their sociodemographic characteristics, geographic distribution, and current education levels and training. To provide context, the analysis compares immigrant workers to categories of native-born workers.

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