This Project Seeks to Assist Companies in Onboarding Immigrant Employees
Over 47 million people living in the United States are immigrants, and as recent studies indicate, they face higher rates of unemployment than do non-foreign workers. Nonprofit organizations are now seeking to address this issue by creating for employers a language guide that offers solutions to certain issues uniquely affecting immigrants in the workplace.
Immigration Growth Driving U.S. Economy
In 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States experienced the slowest population growth in its history. Despite this, the percentage share of the immigrant population continues to grow, with immigrants representing 14.1 percent of the U.S. population in 2021. This matches the peak of the decades-long immigration boom that began in the 1960s, and approaches the record 14.8 percent seen back in 1890.
While census data indicates about 1 in 5 Americans between the ages of 40 and 64 was born overseas, immigrants continue to experience a higher rate of unemployment than native-born workers. For many foreign-born workers, a lack of English proficiency poses a barrier to stable and rewarding employment. However, help is at hand.