The Contributions of New Americans in Louisiana

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New American Economy
Original Date of Publication: 
2016 Aug

The Contributions of New Americans in Louisiana

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. Louisiana is home to more than 184,000 foreign-born residents making up 4 percent of the state population. Despite their small share of the population, Louisiana immigrants are 39 percent of agricultural workers, 19 percent of construction laborers, and 17 percent of physicians and surgeons. Immigrant-owned businesses generated $287.2 million in business income in 2014, and the state’s foreign-born households were able to contribute more than one in every $20 paid by Louisiana residents in state and local tax revenues. (Crystal Ye for The Immigrant Learning Center Public Education Institute)


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