Some industries are more likely to attract immigrant workers than U.S.-born residents, according to a study from The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Immigration and the States Project. The report found that foreign workers are predominant in leisure and hospitality in all U.S. states except Michigan and North Dakota. The second industry likely to attract foreign workforce is manufacturing, where employees are mainly foreign-born in 43 states. On the other hand, they are less likely to work in public administration, information, finance and real estate sectors.
The study used census data and determined ratios for how likely immigrants and U.S.-born residents are to work in certain industries. A ratio of 1 shows that foreign-born and U.S.-born workers are equally likely to be employed in an industry. In Utah, for instance, researchers found that immigrants are more likely to be employed in 5 of 13 major industries. Immigrants are 1.9 more likely to work in construction, 1.8 in leisure and hospitality, 1.6 in manufacturing, 1.5 in administrative services, and 1.3 in other services, which include electronics, garden equipment and mechanics.
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