The Positive Impact of Immigration on Pennsylvania’s Economy

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Mark Price blogs the new Fiscal Policy Institute report:

In Pennsylvania, immigrants account for just 5.4% of the population and 6.4% of the labor force but represent 9.1% of all small business owners.

Immigrants are playing an especially important economic role as small business owners in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia metropolitan areas, the report shows.

  • In the Philadelphia metro area, U.S.-born business owners represent 2.9% of the U.S.-born labor force, while foreign-born business owners represent 3.5% of the foreign-born labor force. Immigrants in the area account for 9% of the population and 12% of the labor force but represent 14% of all small business owners.
  • In the Pittsburgh metro area, U.S.-born small business owners represent 2.5% of the U.S.-born labor force, while foreign-born small business owners represent 3.0% of the foreign-born labor force. Immigrants in the area account for 3% of the population and 3% of the labor force but represent 4% of all small business owners.
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