Migration Policy Institute
Still an Hourglass?: Immigrant Workers in Middle-Skilled Jobs
Eduardo Martín Ochoa, Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
Anthony P. Carnevale, Director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
Michael Fix, MPI Senior Vice President and Director of Studies, report co-author
Margie McHugh, Co-Director of MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy
Demetrios G. Papademetriou, MPI President
This important MPI report challenges the conventional wisdom about the immigrant workforce, using a sophisticated new method of analysis that permits deeper examination of how workers – immigrant and native-born – fare by economic sector, the skill level of their jobs, and educational attainment. The report, developed with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, offers detailed findings for the economy as a whole and within key sectors (health care, information technology, construction, and hospitality), tracing workers’ progress in the labor market into the recession. The findings hold significant policy implications for the nation’s work-preparing institutions and for how they can provide workers with the credentials and language skills necessary to obtain jobs that pay family-sustaining wages.