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Immigrants Create Jobs and Expand Economies

Written By The Shapiro Law Group on January 17, 2012

According to recent studies by Rob Paral & Associates, a research and analysis firm focused on community development, immigrants do not cause unemployment increases. In fact, the studies show that there is a positive correlation between immigrant populations and economic growth.

Among other things, Rob Paral & Associates found that:

  • There was no correlation between the size of foreign-born populations and African American unemployment rates in U.S. metropolitan areas in 2009.
  • There was no discernible relationship between recent immigration and various unemployment rates of all citizens at the regional, state or county levels in 2008.

In fact, many parts of the country with large numbers of immigrants, such as the Southwest and Florida, have some of the lowest rates of unemployment in the country.

The studies suggest that this is because immigrant workers spend their wages in U.S. businesses – buying food, clothes, appliances, cars and other goods and services. Businesses, in turn, respond to the increased spending with expansion and new investments.

Rob Paral & Associates also concluded that immigrants and native born workers generally fill different types of jobs that require different skill sets or occupational preferences.

As always, our office remains ready, willing and able to serve immigrants in need of visa or green card assistance, or general advice about immigration. For more information, you can check out our Website, or call our offices at (847) 564-0712 to make an appointment for a legal consultation.