By Al Jazeera StaffTravel jobs are no longer a priority for millions of Americans who rely on the US economy to sustain their families.
While many jobs have been lost in the US, some have gained.
Some have moved to more lucrative overseas markets and jobs are now in demand in the developing world.
As a result, a large segment of Americans are still unemployed.
However, that number is expected to decline, said Dr. David Czernik, associate professor of medicine at Columbia University.
“It is possible that the US could see a decrease in the unemployment rate,” he said.
“We do not have an official forecast yet but I think there is a chance it could fall.”
The US unemployment rate, which is the difference between the unemployment level and the average of the three most recent national surveys, was 7.7% in September, down from 8.1% in August.
The unemployment rate for Americans who had been actively looking for work fell from 8% to 6.7%.
The number of Americans working overseas has fallen sharply, too, falling from 3.2 million in 2008 to just under 1 million in 2016.
Some US states are taking steps to boost the number of workers in their respective regions.
California is considering a plan to create an “economic development committee” that would work with local governments and business leaders to promote jobs and economic development.
In Ohio, Gov.
John Kasich said he will consider creating a commission that would focus on economic development and help state residents navigate the US immigration system.
“The bottom line is, we’re going to need more workers in Ohio,” Kasich said.
“And it’s going to be a matter of how you get them.
You can’t do it with one big agency.”
Ohio has the largest number of foreign-born residents of any state in the country.
Ohio’s foreign-worker population is estimated at about 1.3 million, according to a 2015 study by the Urban Institute.
In Pennsylvania, Gov-elect Tom Wolf said he would support expanding the state’s cap on the number and type of workers from outside the United States, including people from the Dominican Republic and other countries.
Pennsylvania also has the second-highest number of undocumented workers in the United State, at 6.2%.
The state has about 637,000 undocumented residents.