Strengthening America’s Immigrant Workforce

Posted November 7, 2016, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Aspen Institute’s Workforce Strategies Initiative recently released two publications focused on expanding job opportunities for immigrants – a key segment of America’s workforce.

Nearly 16.7 percent of the total U.S. labor force in 2015 was foreign-born – roughly 26.3 million people – many of whom lack the education and career-readiness skills needed to succeed in today’s changing economy. About 30 percent of our nation’s immigrant population lacks a high school diploma or equivalent, nearly half are considered Limited English Proficient and many earn disproportionately less than their native-born counterparts in full-time and salaried positions.

Based on new research, these Casey-funded reports present a snapshot of how workforce development and immigrant-serving organizations – such as job centers, community colleges and other community-based programs – currently intersect, as well as recommendations for how practitioners in these fields can strengthen partnerships to better connect immigrants to skill-building and career advancement opportunities.

Learn more about the Foundation’s Work on Immigration Issues