Despite Lou Dobbs' twin attacks on H-1B visas and on offshoring, the actual connection between the two is the opposite of what Dobbs contends. A lack of access to skilled workers actually drives many companies to move jobs overseas where adequate numbers of skilled workers are available. We saw this a few months back with the big news that a lack of H-1B visas was the primary reason Microsoft decided to put a major research center in Vancouver rather than Seattle.

Now a new study from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and confirms this. In the study, 27% of companies said the lack of needed skilled workers is the major reason behind offshoring of jobs.