Our nation is in the midst of two great demographic shifts. The largest generation of Americans – Baby Boomers – is reaching retirement age and will leave the workforce en masse within the next two decades. The retirement of the Baby Boom generation will create millions of replacement job openings, even as economic growth creates the need for additional workers to fill newly created jobs. At the same time, our nation is becoming more demographically diverse. Immigrants and their children make up a growing share of the population that will be entering their prime working years over the next two decades. With large numbers of jobs coming open in every sector of the economy and at all skill levels, immigrants and their children will play a vital role in reshaping the workforce, filling essential jobs, and sustaining economic growth.
CAP’s forthcoming report, “The Contributions of Immigrants and Their Children to the American Workforce and Jobs of the Future,” presents groundbreaking research and analysis on the demographic and employment trends that are changing our nation’s workforce.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a panel discussion focused on these trends and the key role immigrants and their children will play in the future economic needs of the nation.
Dowell Myers, Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California
Robert Lynch, Visiting Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Vanessa Cárdenas, Vice President, Progress 2050, Center for American Progress
Daniella Gibbs Léger, Senior Vice President, American Values & New Communities, Center for American Progress