Thursday, June 8, 2023

Chamber Weekly Survey
Your Greater Kitsap Chamber wants to know:
In the past year, how often has your business had to call 911 or request police assistance?
Please select the best answer for your business.
1 - 3 times
4 - 6 times
7 or more
Additionally, how often have you needed
police assistance but NOT called?
Please select the best answer for your business.
1 - 3 times
4 - 6 times
7 or more
*Survey questions are run for at least 2 weeks to capture all of our readers.
The Greater Kitsap Chamber is committed to learning how best
to serve our business membership and community. Your participation
in poll questions like these help us to work better for you!
TONIGHT: Bremerton GreenDrinks @ The Admiral
If you haven't gotten tickets online yet, not to worry, you can pay
at the door! Join us for a great evening of networking with a diverse,
yet like-minded group of businesses and community members.
We'll see you tonight!
Time to Get Influential: Leveraging the Influencer
Influencer marketing is a powerful strategy for businesses looking to reach a wider audience and build brand awareness. But it’s not just for the big guys. You can leverage the power of the influencer even as a small business. You may not have the pockets to bring in Michael Jordan, but you can build an audience by working with (smaller) influencers.

Before we get into how you can use influencers, let’s address the influencer in the room. Where are these minor celebrities and how do you work with one? 

Immigrant Workforce Hits Record High, Reinforcing Role in U.S. Labor Shortage

The U.S. labor force has witnessed a historic influx of foreign-born workers, as per recent Labor Department data. This comes amidst labor shortages and more Americans retiring, underlining the increasing importance of immigrant contributions to the labor market.

Over the years, there's been a steady increase in the proportion of foreign-born labor. In 2022, the number of foreign-born workers in the U.S. rose significantly to 29.8 million, up approximately 6% from the previous year. Conversely, the number of native-born workers saw a minimal 1% increase. This can be attributed to a larger share of the immigrant population being of working age (18-64), at 77%, compared to about 59% of the native-born population.

Despite this, the relative size of the immigrant population has remained stable over the past two decades, at 13.6% of the total U.S. population in 2021. Foreign-born workers tend to occupy different roles than native-born workers and typically earn less. Their median weekly income in 2022 was $945, or 87% of their native-born counterparts' earnings.

Contrary to the belief that foreign-born workers are taking jobs from Americans, there were ample jobs available in 2022, with two jobs for every job-seeker at times. The unemployment rate also continued to hover around a record low.

Amidst decreasing workforces, many wealthier nations are revamping immigration policies to attract more workers and combat inflation. However, immigration policy in the U.S. remains a contentious political issue. As Phillip Connor, a senior demographer at FWD.US, an immigration advocacy group, stated, "If you want a growing workforce, without immigration, that isn't going to happen."
Save-the-Date: June 28th
Luncheon & Annual Meeting
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