Grand Forks Herald: Guest worker program costs ND jobs and revenue, labor group says

Adam Watts - Grand Forks Herald

FARGO — A report from local worker advocacy group Local Jobs North claims that by the end of 2020, the H-2B temporary foreign worker program will have cost North Dakota $85 million in lost revenue and nearly 2,500 construction jobs since 2008.

The H-2B program allows employers to temporarily hire foreign workers for non-agricultural jobs when local workers are not available.

Those foreign workers spend less of their earned income locally than would a local worker, costing the local economy millions in missed revenue, the report said.

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