SHRM, CFGI Join Push for Immigration Reform in 2017

Notable statistics from the state reports include that:

  • Immigrants in California founded almost 45 percent of all new businesses started in the state between 2007 and 2011. In 2014, immigrants to California earned $323.2 billion, paid a total of $82.9 billion in taxes and had $238.7 billion in spending power.
  • In 2014, undocumented immigrants in Texas earned $25.4 billion in income, of which $2.8 billion went to taxes, $456.9 million to Medicare and $1.9 billion to Social Security.
  • One-third of all entrepreneurs in Florida are immigrants.
  • Between 2010 and 2014, North Dakota’s foreign-born population increased by over 62 percent. For comparison, the U.S. foreign-born population as a whole increased by just 5.8 percent during that period.
  • Over 813,000 immigrants reside in Pennsylvania, and 10 percent of the state’s entrepreneurs are foreign-born. Nationally, immigrant entrepreneurs are behind 51 percent of the country’s billion-dollar startups and more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies.
  • Immigrants in Louisiana were 40 percent more likely to have a job than native-born Louisianans. That’s primarily because, as in other states, more of the foreign-born population is of working age. In Louisiana, over 72 percent of the foreign-born population is of working age, compared to less than 52 percent of the native-born population.
  • The Michigan industries with the largest share of immigrant workers are computer systems design (25 percent), crop production (19 percent), grocery production (19 percent), post-secondary education (10 percent) and management analysis (13 percent). By absolute numbers, immigrant workers in Michigan are mostly teachers (13,580 workers), mechanical engineers (10,502) workers), physicians (9,150) and agricultural workers (7,762). Immigrants in Michigan, like the country as a whole, tend to be overrepresented in both high-skilled and labor-intensive positions.

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