Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Just in from Milk Producers of Idaho

Near Burley, Idaho--Putnam photo

Washington--The Immigration Policy Center on Wednesday released its complete series of 50 state fact sheets which highlight the political and economic power of immigrants, Latinos and Asians in every state of the union.

Here are the results for how immigrants affect Idaho:

As workers:

— Immigrants comprised 7.2 percent of the state’s workforce in 2008, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

— Unauthorized immigrants comprised roughly 3.1 percent of the state’s workforce (or 25,000 workers) in 2008, according to a report by the Pew Hispanic Center.

— If all unauthorized immigrants were removed from Idaho, the state would lose $428.8 million in economic activity, $190.4 million in gross state product, and approximately 3,060 jobs, even accounting for adequate market adjustment time, according to a report by the Perryman Group.

As students:

— Idaho’s 2,147 foreign students contributed $42.6 million to the state’s economy in tuition, fees, and living expenses for the 2008-2009 academic year, according to the NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

— In Idaho, 24.6 percent of foreign-born persons who were naturalized U.S. citizens in 2008 had a bachelor’s or higher degree, compared to 13.7 percent of noncitizens. At the same time, only 27.6 percent of naturalized citizens lacked a high-school diploma, compared to 58.7 percent of noncitizens.

— The number of immigrants in Idaho with a college degree increased by 94.4 percent between 2000 and 2008, according to data from the Migration Policy Institute.

As entrepreneurs and consumers:

— The 2009 purchasing power of Latinos in Idaho totaled $2.5 billion — an increase of 527.4 percent since 1990. Asian buying power totaled $650.6 million — an increase of 477.4 percent since 1990, according to the Selig Center for Economic Growth.

— Idaho’s 2,775 Latino-owned businesses had sales and receipts of $351.8 million and employed 3,149 people in 2002, the last year for which data is available. The state’s 1,111 Asian-owned businesses had sales and receipts of $283.9 million and employed 2,837 people in 2002, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners.

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