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US Immigration Rebounds But Remains Far From Plugging Labor Gaps

  • Pandemic, visa-processing slowdown spurred new-worker dropoff
  • Lack of labor triggered wage increases, adding to inflation

Immigration to the US is rebounding after a sharp two-year slowdown, but the pickup is unlikely to plug the pandemic-induced gap in new arrivals amid persistent employee shortages in industries reliant on foreigners.

Nearly a year after the US reopened its borders, non-American workers are flowing in at a pace just under that last seen in 2019, an analysis by University of California at Davis economics professor Giovanni Peri showed.