The Contributions of New Americans in Hawaii

New American Economy
Date of Publication: 
August, 2016
Source Organization: 
New American Economy

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. Hawaii is home to almost a quarter of a million foreign-born residents making up 17 percent of the state population. Despite their small share of the population, Hawaii immigrants are 72 percent of laundry and dry-cleaning workers; 52 percent of nursing, psychiatric and home health aides; and 45 percent of bakers. Immigrant-owned businesses generated $366.6 million in business income in 2014, and the state’s foreign-born households were able to contribute more than one in every six dollars paid by Hawaii residents in state and local tax revenues. (Crystal Ye for The Immigrant Learning Center Public Education Institute)

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