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LOUISIANA FACES A LARGE STEM SHORTAGE
- There are more STEM job openings than unemployed STEM workers: From 2009 to 2011, 2.8 STEM job openings were posted online in Louisiana for every 1 unemployed STEM worker in the state.
- As STEM fields grow, this problem will likely get worse: Louisiana will need to fill 67,230 new STEM jobs by 2020.
- The healthcare industry in particular will be affected by a shortfall of STEM workers: The federal government estimates Louisiana will be short 7,410 registered nurses (RN) by 2020, leaving 16.8 percent of the state’s RN positions unfilled.
- Louisiana’s healthcare industry fairs poorly when compared to other states: Louisiana ranks 30th in the United States when it comes to the number of doctors per capita.
IMMIGRANTS ARE FILLING STEM SHORTAGES IN LOUISIANA
- Immigrants are more likely to study STEM than the native-born: Immigrants are 3.8 percent of Louisiana’s population, but in 2009, nearly 60 percent of the students earning master’s or PhD degrees in STEM fields from Louisiana’s research-intensive universities were foreign-born.
- Immigrants are a growing percentage of the STEM workforce: In 2010, 8.9 percent of STEM workers with an advanced degree in Louisiana were foreign-born – up from 0 percent ten years earlier.
- Immigrants play a critical role in the healthcare industry: In 2012, 19.3 percent of physicians in Louisiana had graduated from a foreign medical school, a population that is overwhelmingly immigrant.
HIGH-SKILLED IMMIGRATION REFORM WOULD HELP LOUISIANA’S COMPANIES COMPETE AND CREATE AMERICAN JOBS
- High-skilled visa holders create jobs for U.S.-born workers: The new H-1B visas awarded to Louisiana between 2010 and 2013 will translate into 2,674 new jobs for U.S.-born workers in the state by 2020.