Reshoring Chipmaking Capacity Requires High-Skilled Foreign Talent

Estimating the Labor Demand Generated by CHIPS Act Incentives

Will Hunt

February 2022

CHIPS for America Act funding will result in the construction of new semiconductor fabrication facilities (“fabs”) in the United States, employing tens of thousands of workers. This policy brief assesses the occupations and backgrounds that will be most in-demand among new fabs, as well as options for ensuring availability of the necessary talent. Findings suggest the need for new immigration pathways for experienced foreign fab workers, and investments in workforce development.

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