Ohio’s Immigrant Workforce Lags U.S.

Dayton Daily News
July 1, 2012

In the last 20 years in Ohio, the number of immigrant workers has more than doubled and the number of immigrant small business owners increased by more than 60 percent, according to a new report.

But an analysis by the Dayton Daily News found the pace of growth of these groups in Ohio was slower than in most states, and immigrants still account for only a fairly modest share of the state’s workforce and small-business owners.

Policy experts said Ohio’s economy could benefit from more foreign-born people moving here because they are much more likely than native-born residents to start businesses, and immigrant-owned establishments employ about one in seven people who work for small businesses.

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