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New Study Looks At Immigrant Role In California, Santa Barbara County Economies

Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2012 12:39pm

A just released USC study says that nearly a quarter of the state’s population are immigrants, and make up a third of the state’s labor force.

The California Immigrant Policy Center released the study, which included statewide statistics, as well as data from six counties, including Santa Barbara County.

The report says 23% of Santa Barbara County residents are immigrants, and that nearly 50% of the children in the county have at least one immigrant parent. 34% of the immigrants are citizens.

The USC study says that immigrants make up nearly a third of Santa Barbara County’s labor force, and make up almost 90% of the county’s agriculture, fishing, and forestry work force.

The report says that statewide, immigrants produce 34% of the state gross domestic product.

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