The Contributions of New Americans in Illinois

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New American Economy
Original Date of Publication: 
2016 Aug

The Contributions of New Americans in Illinois

New American Economy has produced 51 reports on the contributions of new Americans in each of the states and the District of Columbia including the impact of immigrant entrepreneurship on local economies and estimates of the number of jobs that might be created locally from an increase in the availability of employment-based immigrant visas. Illinois is home to nearly 1.8 million foreign-born residents making up 14 percent of the state population. Despite their small share of the population, Illinois immigrants are 47 percent of metal and plastic workers, 43 percent of maids and housekeeping cleaners, and 38 percent of software developers. Immigrant-owned businesses generated $2.6 billion in business income in 2014, and the state’s foreign-born households were able to contribute more than one in every seven dollars paid by Illinois residents in state and local tax revenues. (Crystal Ye for The Immigrant Learning Center Public Education Institute)


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New American Economy. (2016). The Contributions of New Americans in Illinois. New American Economy. Washington: DC. Available at:

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