News Flash – GAO releases report on the impact of the federal wage an immigration laws in the NMI

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A report released today by the U.S. GovernmentAccountability Office on the implementation of federal minimum wage and immigration laws inthe Northern Mariana Islands shows that the NMI labor market has begun to grow after years ofdecline, while continuing to rely on foreign workers.By 2015, the number of employed NMI workers was about 8% higher than in 2013 andinflation-adjusted average earnings increased by 18% from 2007 levels. By 2016, around 62% ofNMI workers were directly affected by the minimum wage hike to $6.55 per hour. In 2015,foreign workers, who totaled 12 . . .

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