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Saipan Chamber of CommerceGeneral Membership Meeting

CNMI Department of LaborActing Secretary Vicky BenaventeNovember 2, 2017


CNMI Labor Force

51,783 in 2001, 70% Foreign Workers25,307 in 2015, nearly 50% US WorkersUnemployed US citizens 1,806 in 2016Wages have risen for workers

42% increase in wages across the board from 2014 to 2016, with average hourly wages rising from $8.71 to $12.38


U.S. Public Law 110-229

Consolidated Natural Resources Act 2008Phasing-in of Federal responsibilities over immigrationPhasing out of the nonresident contract worker (CW) program“MINIMIZE POTENTIAL ADVERSE ECONOMIC & FISCAL EFFECTS…”


Economy, Economy, Economy

U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that after analysis of the economic impact of removing all foreign workers with CW-1 permits from the CNMI economy, they determined that “the CNMI’s 2015 GDP would decline by 26 to 62 percent with no CW-1 workers.”


Businesses and Government

BUSINESSES:Challenges – Recruitment, Retention, TrainingGOVERNMENT:

Challenges – Data, Compliance, Enforcement


Job Vacancy AnnouncementsQuarterly Workforce ListingAnnual Workforce PlanWorkforce Participation


Thank You, Si Yu’os Ma’ase, Ghilisow

CONTACT:Administrative Division: 664-3196/323-9931

Employment Services:


Enforcement Division:


OSHA Division:


Hearing Division:


FAX: 670-664-3197


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