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KC Fed Analysis: Migrants Cooled Overheated Labor Market, Slowed Wage Growth

The increase of migrant workers cooled an overheated labor market and slowed wage

growth across industries and states, according to an analysis statistics. “The influx of immigrant workers appears to have helped alleviate the severe staffing shortages in certain industries that were pervasive during the pandemic’s volatile period,” Elior Cohen, an economist with the Kansas City Fed, wrote in the organization’s Economic Bulletin. It serves Colorado, Kansas, western Missouri, Nebraska, northern New Mexico, Oklahoma and Wyoming.

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