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Employer Confidence is at a 14-year High

By Maria L. Santos - Posted on 12 February 2015

According to Associated Industries of Massachusetts (see for the full article), employer confidence is at a 14-year high. Employers expect to hire in the next six months. Many other states in the country, are facing the same situation. The economy is back and this means that unemployment will near that 5% level and that means that there will not be enough skilled workers to fill the positions available. So, where will the workers come from? In the next 10 years, we may reply: “A robot” but for now, it will need to come from within our country or from outside our country in the form of immigration.

Reform continues to be necessary. With Republicans in control of Congress, are we likely to see some piecemeal legislation and focus on employment-based (legal) immigration? Maybe. It certainly is a much needed effort. Good legislation should be passes that permits changes without more Congressional approval as the economy shifts. So Congress raises the H-1B quota from the current levels of a total of 85,000 per year (includes the 20K for the USA master’s degree holders) to let’s say 195,000.00 for FY 2016, then maybe in 2017 we should have some means to raising that “cap” without Congress enacting legislation. Otherwise, we will be back to the place we find ourselves in today—inaction—stalemate and potentially huge detriments to the economy.

It would also be important to see where we are going in this country with education efforts. Everyone should be graduating from High School and then obtaining a certificate, 2 year degree or a 4 year degree. Otherwise, there is no survival in the United States of America. Today, the Bachelor’s degree is not necessary a way to “advance”. It is a way to “survive” and maintain the status quo financially. By the way, if you come to the USA as an H-1B with a job offer, your position requires a bachelor’s degree in the specialty field and you have one already. This means that anyone who comes into this country as an H-1B has not been a drain on the education system of the USA in any way.

Legal immigration needs some tender loving attention from our government—now!!!!