El Paso immigrants fill jobs that might remain unfilled, study says

In this Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, photo, Ammer Gondal, who is looking for work in the retail or food industry, waits to see a recruiter during a job fair hosted by the Gregory Jackson Center for Brownsville, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

A brand new report says about one-fourth of El Pasoans are born in another country and those individuals often assume jobs that might otherwise remain unfilled.

Data from New American Economy says that 40.5 percent of El Paso’s foreign-born population has a high school degree, 9 percent has a bachelor’s degree, and 3.8 percent have a graduate degree.

The report says that these education levels allow immigrants to hold jobs on high and low ends of the workforce.

Additionally, the report says that immigrants in El Paso are 115 percent more likely to be entrepreneurs than the native-born population.

It shows that El Paso immigrants make up 67 percent of the agriculture industry, 49 percent of the construction industry, and 45 percent of the general services industry.

The report concludes that immigrants in El Paso immigrants paid $1 billion in state and local taxes and held $3.4 billion in spending power in 2016.

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