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National Data | Chart | Bad news for American students, workers - massive H-1b Increases rise from dead in "SKIL Bill"
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September 19, 2006, 05:00 AM
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Table 1:

What Bubble? H-1bs Rise While High-tech Employment Falls

 

High-tech Employment

H-1b Visas

Year

Total

Change

Cap

No. Issued

1999

6,167,246

NA

115,000

115,000

2000

6,583,029

415,783

115,000

115,000

2001

6,529,770

-53,259

195,000

163,600

2002

5,917,746

-612,024

195,000

79,100

2003

5,584,713

-333,033

195,000

78,000

2004

5,539,975

-44,738

  65,000

 65,000

2005

5,601,086

61,111

  65,000

 65,000

Source: American Electronics Association, Cyberstates 2006, Appendix A.1 (High-tech employment); Statement of Stuart Anderson, Executive Director, National Foundation for American Policy, House Judiciary Committee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims, March 30, 2006. (H-1b visas)

 

Table2:

        Average High Tech Wages, 1999-2004

(in inflation adjusted 2004 dollars)

 

Total High Tech

Total Software

1999

$74,222

$101,717

2000

$76,112

$90,112

2001

$70,769

$85,420

2002

$69,484

$82,129

2003

$70,797

$81,369

2004

$72,440

$80,637

% change, 1999-04

-2.4%

-20.7%

Source: American Electronics Association, Cyberstates 2006, Appendix A.2. 

Edwin S. Rubenstein (email him) is President of ESR Research Economic Consultants in Indianapolis.