The Contributions of New Americans in Rhode Island
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. Rhode Island is home to almost 140,000 foreign-born residents making up 13 percent of the state population. Despite their small share of the population, Rhode Island immigrants are 50 percent of software developers, 49 percent of chefs and head cooks, and 35 percent of nurses. Immigrant-owned businesses generated $36.5 million in business income in 2014, and the state’s foreign-born households were able to contribute more than one in every nine dollars paid by Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island. New American Economy. Washington: DC. Available at: http://www.renewoureconomy.org/reports/