From: on behalf of George F McClure [galaxies@CFL.RR.COM]
Sent: Tuesday, October 05, 2004 3:16 PM
To: ieeeusa-allcwpc@IEEE.ORG
Cc: ieeeusa-pace-cmte@IEEE.ORG; ieeeusa-pace-reg3@IEEE.ORG; c.mcmanes@IEEE.ORG
Subject: Some Say We Need More H-1Bs!
Compare this with the news item that it will take a decade for Silicon Valley to regain 2000 employment levels.  Does this new "shortage" mean that demand is welling up elsewhere, or that the 160,000 IT professionals who have removed themselves from the pool available to the workforce (to become school teachers, mortgage processors, or taxi drivers) have posed a critical loss to industry?

I think neither -- rather, that the supply of low-priced high-tech labor may be shrinking.

There is a hotel strike in San Francisco, and October is the peak month for meetings there.  One tax driver told me that it hit his business also -- if it got worse he might have to go back to teaching eighth grade.  Then he would be competing with engineers!


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