from Fast Company

July 1, 2008
The U.S. has fewer people employed in high-tech jobs today than in 2001, because it refuses to issue enough green cards. – Inspired by a report released by AeA, a tech trade assocation

In 2001, 6.5 million people were employed in the technology sector. By 2006,that number had dropped to 5.8 million. But, jobs did increase by 2.5 percent from 2005.

This New York Times article reports:

“Because the federal government does not issue a sufficient number of green cards or work visas to talented foreign students studying here, there are a “tremendous number of unfilled jobs,” said Christopher Hansen, AeA’s chief executive.

We are educating people from other countries to go back to home and expand the technology sector there, meanwhile America loses its high-tech edge.