Reports & Research

Language Diversity and the Workforce: The Growing Need for Bilingual Workers in Colorado’s Economy

February 14, 2017

The Seal of Biliteracy has been hailed as an important initiative to recognize high school graduates who have attained proficiency in two or more world languages, and provide employers in their states a method of identifying job candidates with multiple language skills, according to a New American Economy study. The Seal of Biliteracy creates a tangible…

New Americans in Los Angeles

February 8, 2017

Immigrants have a positive impact on the Los Angeles economy through their high rates of workforce participation, large tax contributions, and spending power, according to a New American Economy (NAE) report. The report, New Americans in Los Angeles, finds: In 2014, foreign-born residents in Los Angeles County contributed $232.9 billion to the county’s GDP, with $95.3…

Is There a Link Between Refugees and U.S. Crime Rates?

February 7, 2017

Examining Crime Data for the U.S. Cities Most Impacted by Refugee Resettlement from 2006-2015 When a large number of refugees arrive in a given city, does crime rise in subsequent years? It’s a question obviously relevant to many current debates, both in the United States and in Europe. And one many policymakers are focused on…

The Riches of the Melting Pot: How Diversity in Metropolitan Areas Helps Grow the Wages of Low- and High-wage Workers

January 12, 2017

Immigrants hail from a wider range of countries now than at any other point in U.S. history, according to research released by  New American Economy showing that a more diverse America benefits both high- and low-wage workers. The report—an analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau—tracks individual workers in 160 U.S. metropolitan areas between 1991 and…

Untapped Talent: The Costs of Brain Waste among Highly Skilled Immigrants in the United States

December 7, 2016

The United States has long attracted some of the world’s best and brightest. But nearly 2 million immigrants with college degrees are relegated to low-skilled jobs or can’t find work. The result of this brain waste? If these highly skilled immigrants were working at their skill level, in the professions for which they had trained…

New Americans in Lancaster

November 22, 2016

New American Economy (NAE) released a study highlighting the economic and demographic contributions of immigrants in the county. Published in partnership with the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Lancaster County Refugee Coalition, the brief shows that the county’s 23,094 immigrant residents have an outsize impact on the local economy through their high rates of…

Global Talent: The Economic Engine of Northwest Arkansas

November 15, 2016

New American Economy, EngageNWA, and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, released a study on the impact of immigration in the Northwest Arkansas region. By starting new businesses that create jobs, supporting the workforce of the area’s top industries, buying homes, and paying taxes, the report shows how the foreign-born population is making significant contributions to the…

New Americans in the Fargo-Moorhead Region

October 20, 2016

New American Economy has developed a series of research briefs that examine the demographic and economic contributions of immigrant communities in counties and cities across the United States. The latest report in the series focuses on the Fargo-Moorhead metro area. The report, “New Americans in the Fargo-Moorhead Region,” finds: In 2014, foreign-born residents contributed $542.8 million…

Reason for Reform: Entrepreneurship

October 11, 2016

New American Economy released a report detailing the outsized role immigrants play as entrepreneurs in the U.S. economy. In 2014, America’s foreign-born population owned close to three million businesses, generating over $65 billion in business income. The report draws on the American Community Survey, the Survey of Small Business Owners, and other publicly available data sources to…

A Helping Hand: How Immigrants Can Fill Home Health Aide Shortages in America’s Rural Communities

September 29, 2016

By 2030, America’s population of seniors will reach 71.5 million–a two-fold increase in the span of thirty years. As this demographic shift unfolds, healthcare services will be in increasingly high demand. A report by New American Economy projects that by 2022, the number of needed home health aides will increase by 48 percent, making it…

Presidential Debate Prep on Immigration: Just the Facts

September 26, 2016

New American Economy, a bipartisan group of more than 500 business leaders and mayors who advocate for comprehensive immigration reform, frequently produces economic reports and provides analysis on how immigrants impact the U.S. economy. Below, we present a few facts to rebut some of the likely narratives of tonight’s debate. Claim: Immigrants are taking U.S. jobs and…

Who Will Care for Our Seniors?

September 20, 2016

Between 2000 and 2030, America’s elderly population is expected to more than double from 35 million to 71.5 million. This demographic shift will put enormous pressure on the U.S. healthcare system, which is already strapped for workers. A new report by New American Economy (NAE), Who Will Care for Our Seniors?, examines the gap between…

New Americans in Anchorage

September 19, 2016

New American Economy has developed a series of research briefs that examine the demographic and economic contributions of immigrant communities in counties and cities across the United States. The latest report in the series focuses on Anchorage, Alaska. “New Americans in Anchorage,” finds that in 2014: Immigrants in Anchorage contributed $1.9 billion to the local GDP….

The Foreign-Born in Des Moines

August 8, 2016

The Partnership for a New American Economy has developed a series of research briefs that examine the demographic and economic contributions of immigrant communities in counties and cities across the United States. The latest report in the series focuses on Des Moines. The brief shows that 48,760 immigrant residents in Des Moines–who account for roughly 8 percent of…

New Americans in Houston

August 8, 2016

The Partnership for a New American Economy has developed a series of research briefs that examine the demographic and economic contributions of immigrant communities in counties and cities across the United States. The latest report in the series focuses on Houston, Texas. The brief shows that Houston’s 1.3 million immigrant residents–who account for roughly 24.7 percent…

Advancing the Pittsburgh Region

July 12, 2016

The Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE) has released a research brief that highlights the economic and demographic contributions of immigrants in the Pittsburgh region. The brief shows that the 10-county Pittsburgh region’s 82,308 immigrant residents have a significant positive impact on southwestern Pennsylvania’s economy through high rates of workforce participation in key industries,…

Welcome to Akron: How Immigrants and Refugees are Contributing to Akron’s Economic Growth

June 30, 2016

Welcome to Akron: How Immigrants and Refugees are Contributing to Akron’s Economic Growth highlights how immigrants play a critical role in supporting Akron’s growth and development—by starting businesses that create local jobs, participating in key industries in the labor force, paying taxes and contributing to consumer spending, and by increasing housing values in the city. The report features the stories…

Language Diversity & The Workforce: The Growing Need for Bilingual Workers in Massachusetts’ Economy

June 21, 2016

On June 21, the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE) joined with business leaders and education advocates at the Massachusetts State House to call for the creation of a state Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy, which formally recognizes high school graduates who are proficient in more than one language, has been hailed as an important…

New Americans in San José and Santa Clara County

June 16, 2016

The Partnership for a New American Economy has developed a series of research briefs that examine the demographic and economic contributions of immigrant communities in counties and cities across the United States. The latest report in the series focuses on San José and Santa Clara County. The brief shows that Santa Clara County’s 1.9 million immigrant…

Language Diversity and the Workforce: The Growing Need for Bilingual Workers in Georgia’s Economy

May 17, 2016

Gov. Nathan Deal signed H.B. 879 into law, establishing a Seal of Biliteracy program to recognize high school graduates who have attained proficiency in at least one language in addition to English. The bill’s passage coincides with the release of a PNAE research brief, “Language Diversity and the Workforce: The Growing Need for Bilingual Workers in…

Removing Barriers to Higher Education: The Economic Benefit of Tuition Opportunity in Tennessee

April 13, 2016

In 2014, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam launched the “Drive to 55,” an ambitious initiative designed to promote economic development and reduce unemployment by equipping fifty-five percent of state residents with a college degree or certificate by 2025. Tennessee stands to benefit from adding thousands of potential college graduates to this equation—specifically, undocumented students who have…

New Americans in Salt Lake County

March 31, 2016

The Partnership for a New American Economy has developed a series of research briefs that examine the demographic and economic contributions of immigrant communities in counties and cities across the United States. The latest report in the series focuses on Salt Lake County and provides information on how immigrants have strengthened the local tax base, boosted the…

Language Diversity and the Workforce: The Growing Need for Bilingual Workers in New Jersey’s Economy

January 22, 2016

This week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie approved a statewide Seal of Biliteracy, an award given by the school system to students who have attained a high level of proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. The bill’s passage coincides with the release of a PNAE research brief, “Language Diversity and the…

New Americans in Toledo

December 8, 2015

The Partnership for a New American Economy has developed a series of research briefs that examine the demographic and economic contributions of immigrant communities in cities across Ohio. The fourth report in the series focuses on Toledo and provides information on how immigrants have strengthened the local tax base, boosted the economy through entrepreneurship, and…

New Americans in Columbus

December 3, 2015

The Partnership for a New American Economy has developed a series of research briefs that examine the demographic and economic contributions of immigrant communities in cities across the state of Ohio. The latest report, produced with the City of Columbus and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, focuses on Ohio’s capital city, Columbus, and shows that immigrants…

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