Immigrants in Creative Industries

Date of Publication: 
August, 2019
Source Organization: 
New American Economy

More than 400,000 immigrants work in creative or artistic occupations in the United States. “Immigrants in Creative Industries” by New American Economy highlights the important contributions that immigrants make in enriching the nation’s culture. Using 2017 American Community Survey data, the report suggests that immigrant workers sustain a range of industries from movies to music, performing arts to design. Immigrants make up 12.5 percent of workers in the motion picture and video industries and 12.1 percent of workers in the broadcast industry. Within these industries, foreign-born workers are most likely to be employed as media and communications writers or as designers.  These findings highlight the important economic contributions immigrants make. The creative industries add close to $1 trillion to the United States’ Gross Domestic Product while supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs. (Stephanie DePauw for The Immigrant Learning Center’s Public Education Institute)

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New American Economy. (2019). Immigrants in creative industries. Retrieved from