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What regions and industries will experience labor shortages, and how can business survive and even prosper despite them?

Labor Shortages  

Some businesses are already experiencing the impact of labor shortages, including higher wages and pinched profits. But others do not even have a plan for what promises to be a prolonged period of tight labor markets around the globe. What occupations will be most affected? How will slow productivity growth and changing immigration policy factor in? Continuing our work on this topic, we detail where shortages will be greatest. And we offer indexes for calculating your organization’s risk and suggestions for creating a strategy to mitigate that risk.

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Explore what occupations will be most affected by immigration  

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Use these data tables to determine your labor shortage risk 

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Labor Shortages 2016

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