"The fact that we are reaching the H-1B cap at all in an economy that is as terrible as the one we have clearly demonstrates that the H-1B numbers are too large," said Miano. "If H-1B usage were truly market-based, the visa numbers would go down close to zero in times like these."
Napolitano is being asked by Grassley and Durbin whether the department is "considering, during this economic downturn, revising the rule to revert back to the 12-month limit" that was in place prior to 2008? "If not, why not?" they asked.
One organization that tracks month-to-month changes in U.S. tech employment data, TechServe Alliance, reported that tech employment peaked at about 4 million in 2008; in January, it was just over 3.9 million.
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