Immigrant-Driven Economy

A significant portion of greater Cleveland's economy is driven by its immigrant population, according to a new report.
December 1, 2009, 7am PST | Nate Berg
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"Immigrants are responsible for about 7 percent of the Greater Cleveland economy, though they make up only 6 percent of the labor force, creating one of the few metro areas in America where immigrants contribute more to the economy than native-born workers. The region's immigrants are more likely than native-born residents to be working, are far more likely to start businesses and on average earn higher salaries.

Those details come from "Immigrants and the Economy: Contributions of Immigrant Workers to the Country's 25 Largest Metropolitan Areas," which is being released today by the Fiscal Policy Institute of New York through Policy Matters Ohio."

Of the nation's 25 biggest Metropolitan areas, only Cleveland and Cincinnati showed a significant economic impact from immigrant populations.

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Published on Monday, November 30, 2009 in The Cleveland Plain Dealer
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