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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.
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The US added 134,000 jobs in September 2018 and the unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent, the lowest rate since 1969. Average hourly earnings rose 2.8 percent from a year earlier. The US labor market has returned to robust hiring as in the late 1990s.
Wages are rising more slowly a decade after the 2008-09 recession than during previous recoveries. There are many explanations, from declining union power to globalization and outsourcing that pits workers in high-wage countries against those in lower-wage countries. Some point to less competition in product and labor markets, where firms such as Boeing and Google dominate their industries.