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MISSOURI FACES A LARGE STEM SHORTAGE
- There are more STEM job openings than unemployed STEM workers: From 2009 to 2011, 3.1 STEM job openings were posted online in Missouri for every 1 unemployed STEM worker in the state.
- As STEM fields grow, this problem will likely get worse: Missouri will need to fill 116,720 new STEM jobs by 2020.
- The healthcare industry in particular will be affected by a shortfall of STEM workers: The federal government estimates Missouri will be short 17,024 registered nurses (RN) by 2020, leaving 25.2 percent of the state’s RN positions unfilled.
IMMIGRANTS ARE FILLING STEM SHORTAGES IN MISSOURI
- Immigrants are more likely to study STEM than the native-born: Immigrants are 4.1 percent of Missouri’s population, but in 2009, 43.1 percent of the students earning master’s or PhD degrees in STEM fields from Missouri’s research-intensive universities were foreign-born.
- Immigrants are over-represented in the STEM workforce: In 2010, 9.9 percent of STEM workers with an advanced degree in Missouri were foreign-born.
- Immigrants play a critical role in the healthcare industry: In 2012, 19.9 percent of physicians in Missouri had graduated from a foreign medical school, a population that is overwhelmingly immigrant.
HIGH-SKILLED IMMIGRATION REFORM WOULD HELP MISSOURI’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 Missouri between 2010 and 2013 will translate into 6,115 new jobs for U.S.-born workers in the state by 2020.
- Our visa system is costing jobs and revenue: Firm-level data from the 2007 and 2008 H-1B lotteries shows that the H-1B caps from those two years alone cost U.S.-born tech workers in the Kansas City metropolitan area as many as 1,932 additional jobs and as much as $20.9 million in aggregate annual earnings by 2010.