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NEW HAMPSHIRE FACES A LARGE STEM SHORTAGE
- There are more STEM job openings than unemployed STEM workers: From 2009 to 2011, 2.3 STEM job openings were posted online in New Hampshire for every 1 unemployed STEM worker in the state.
- As STEM fields grow, this problem will likely get worse: New Hampshire will need to fill 38,500 new STEM jobs by 2020.
- The healthcare industry in particular will be affected by a shortfall of STEM workers: Researchers estimate New Hampshire will be short 3,091 registered nurses by 2030.
IMMIGRANTS ARE FILLING STEM SHORTAGES IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
- Immigrants are more likely to study STEM than the native-born: Immigrants are 5.7 percent of New Hampshire’s population, but in 2009, almost one in three of the students earning master’s or PhD degrees in STEM fields from New Hampshire’s research-intensive universities were foreign-born.
- Immigrants are over-represented in the STEM workforce: In 2010, one in six STEM workers with an advanced degree in New Hampshire was foreign-born.
- Immigrants play a critical role in the healthcare industry: In 2012, 15.9 percent of physicians in New Hampshire had graduated from a foreign medical school, a population that is overwhelmingly immigrant.
HIGH-SKILLED IMMIGRATION REFORM WOULD HELP NEW HAMPSHIRE’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 New Hampshire between 2010 and 2013 will translate into 1,339 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 metropolitan areas of Manchester and Nashua as many as 872 additional jobs by 2010.