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Immigrants Account for a Third of Economy in L.A, Study Finds

L.A. Garment & Citizen, News report, Sam Hassan Posted: Dec 16, 2009

A new Fiscal Policy Institute study found that immigrants pull their weight as economic contributors, accounting for 20% of the population and 20% of economic output in the 25 metropolitan areas combined.
Immigrants account for 34% of total economic output in Los Angeles and make robust contributions in other major metropolitan areas across the U.S., according to a recent study by the New York-based Fiscal Policy Institute.

The Fiscal Policy Institute bills itself as "a nonpartisan research and education organization that focuses on the tax, budget, and economic issues" in an effort to "further the development and implementation of public policies that create a strong economy in which prosperity is broadly shared..."

The non-profit Carnegie Corporation of New York provided much of the funding for the recent study, entitled "Immigrants and the Economy." A unit of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), whose leaders generally view immigrants as likely candidates for labor organizing efforts, also provided financial support for the study.

The study "broadens a growing understanding that immigrant workers make important economic contributions to the U.S. and to their local economies," according to the authors. "Immigrants are likely to be of prime working age, work in occupations across the economic spectrum, and contribute robustly to economic growth in each of the 25 metropolitan areas studied and in the U.S. as a whole."

The study found that the 25 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. combine to account for 42% of the total population of the country and 66% of all immigrants, as well as half of the gross domestic product (GDP) of the U.S. economy.

Immigrants pull their weight as economic contributors, the study found, accounting for 20% of the population and 20% of economic output in the 25 metropolitan areas combined. The approximate match between population levels and economic output held up throughout the study. In Los Angeles, for example, immigrants account for 35% of the population and 34% of economic output, according to the study.

The study determined that a key factor for the significant contributions to economic output can be traced to the relative youth of the immigrant population. A large share of immigrants are between the ages of 16 and 64, prime working years. Their presence as a growing factor in the U.S. economy comes as the overall population is getting older on average, thanks in large part to Baby Boomers, a generation born between the end of World War II in 1945 and the early 1960s. The Baby Boomers are now beginning to reach retirement age, and that trend is expected to continue for 10 to 15 years.

The study also found that immigrants are more likely than the native-born to work in lower-wage service or industrial, blue-collar jobs. The study found that 21% of immigrants in the 25 largest metropolitan areas work in service occupations, compared to 13% of native-born workers. An estimated 30% of immigrants are employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to 17% for the overall population.

Immigrants are also well represented in higher-end, white-collar occupations, according to the study. Approximately 24% of immigrants are employed in managerial and professional occupations, and another 25% work in technical, sales, and administrative occupations. That compares to 36% of the native-born who have managerial and professional jobs, and 33% who work in technical, sales and administrative positions.

A new Fiscal Policy Institute study found that immigrants pull their weight as economic contributors, accounting for 20% of the population and 20% of economic output in the 25 metropolitan areas combined.

The study found that immigrants account for 22% of earnings by entrepreneurs in the 25 metropolitan areas, slightly ahead of their share of the population.

Immigrants are on par with native-born workers when it comes to white-collar salaries, according to the study, earning an average of $38,000 a year. Immigrants in blue-collar jobs trail their native-born counterparts, in some cases by a wide margin, the study found. Immigrant workers in skilled construction trades, for example, earn an average of $27,000 a year compared to $45,000 for native-born employees, according to the study.

Visit fiscalpolicy.org to view the full study.

Sam Hassan is a writer for the L.A. Garment & Citizen.

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