New research from New American Economy demonstrates the important role immigrants are playing in Ohio’s technology industry and highlights the need for a modernized immigration system that is responsive to critical workforce needs, allowing the state to continue to grow, innovate, and compete.
Key findings include:
- Ohio needs a modernized immigration system responsive to Ohio’s workforce needs. The denial rate for H1-B visas in Ohio has more than doubled from 8.2% in 2013 to 21.3% in 2019.
- Ohio is facing critical workforce shortages in the tech and innovation sectors. The increased denial rates are preventing highly qualified workers from entering Ohio and filling critical workforce gaps at a time when Ohio has more than 91,000 vacant jobs in the STEM industry, with 13.8 job postings for every one unemployed STEM worker in the state.
- Immigrants play a crucial role in Ohio’s tech sector. Immigrants made up just 4.6% of the state’s population, but accounted for 17.8% of software developers, 10.0% of self-employed STEM workers, and 7.1% of computer systems analysts in 2019.
Read the full report here.