The Contributions of New Americans in Iowa
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. Iowa is home to more than 150,000 foreign-born residents making up 5 percent of the state population. Despite their small share of the population, Iowa immigrants are 38 percent of butchers and other meat processing workers, 32 percent of software developers, and 23 percent of designers. Immigrant-owned businesses generated $98.3 million in business income in 2014, and the state’s foreign-born households were able to contribute more than one in every $22 paid by Iowa 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 Iowa. New American Economy. Washington: DC. Available at: http://www.renewoureconomy.org/reports/