High-skilled Immigrants Outnumber Low-skilled Ones

A new report released today by Brookings shows that high-skilled immigrants (those with a college degree or more) now outnumber low-skilled immigrants (those with less than a high school diploma). Check out their chart:

Brookings Immigrant skill chart

But the trend isn’t playing out everywhere in America. While high-skilled immigrants outnumber low-skilled ones in the San Francisco Bay Area and much of the Eastern Seaboard (plus Ohio and Seattle), low-skilled immigrants still dominate throughout the Southwest and Midwest.

Brookings Skills Map

What does this mean for jobs and economic recovery in these communities? How can we get more skills to those who need them?

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