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One-Third Of California Working-Age Adults Are Immigrants


Tom Fudge | KPBS

California continues to rely on foreign-born workers to drive its economy.

A new study by the Public Policy Institute of California provides the latest snapshot of the state’s immigrant population. It found that 80 percent of the 10 million immigrants living in California are working-age adults.

PPIC researcher Joe Hayes says that means they make up a big share of the state’s workforce.

“A good 34 percent of working age adults in California are immigrants working in a variety of industries. It’s self-evident that they are a integral part of our economy,” says Hayes.

The study says nearly half the immigrants who live in California are naturalized citizens and another 26 percent have some legal status, such as a green card or a work visa.

Only 25 percent of immigrants in California are living in the state illegally.

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