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About Migration Dialogue

Migration Dialogue provides timely, factual and nonpartisan information and analysis of international migration issues through five major activities: the newsletters Migration News and Rural Migration News, Changing Face and other Research & Seminars, and the Sloan West Coast Program on Science and Engineering Workers.

Contact us at migrant@primal.ucdavis.edu.

Migration News: Labor, H-1B, Inequality

The US unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent in June 2014, the lowest rate since September 2008, as employers added 288,000 jobs, about 10,000 a day. The Federal Reserve has said that an unemployment rate of six percent could trigger a rise in short-term interest rates that have been close to zero for the past six years.

The labor force participation rate, the share of persons 16 and older who are employed or looking for work, was unchanged at 62.8 percent, well below the 66 percent before the 2008-09 recession and the lowest LFPR in three decades.

With the economy adding an average 200,000 jobs a month in 2014, employment has surpassed its previous peak of 138.4 million in January 2008. However, the labor force participation rate remains well below pre-recession levels, which is one reason that the unemployment rate has fallen.

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  • Migration News

    Migration News

    Migration News is produced with the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and UCB Institute of European Studies. A paper edition is available by mail for $30 domestic and $50 foreign for one year and $55 and $95 for two years. Make checks payable to Migration Dialogue and send to

    Philip Martin, Department of Ag and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, California 95616 USA.
  • Rural Migration News

    Rural Migration News

    Rural Migration News is produced with the support of the Colcom, Farm, and Giannini Foundations. A paper edition is available by mail for $30 domestic and $50 foreign for one year and $55 and $95 for two-years. Make checks payable to Migration Dialogue and send to

    Philip Martin, Department of Ag and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, California 95616 USA.
  • Sloan Program On Science and Engineering Workers

    Sloan West Coast Program On S&E Workers

    This network of researchers hosts seminars on labor and immigration issues affecting science and engineering workers, compiles and distributes information on these issues, and cooperates closely with the NBER's SEWP.

  • Changing Face

    Changing Face

    The Changing Face project assesses the effects of immigrant farm workers on agriculture and agricultural communities.

  • Research & Seminars

    Research & Seminars

    Include Opinion Leader Seminars, the Comparative Immigration and Integration Program, and Transatlantic Migration Policy Issue seminars.