Nearly 1 in 10 California workers in U.S. illegally, study finds
September 4, 2014
Illegal immigrants comprise nearly 10 percent of California’s workforce, according to a study released Wednesday by USC researchers. [LA Times]
The study found that illegal immigrants account for 38 percent of workers in California’s agricultural industry and 14 percent of the state’s construction workforce. All together, workers who entered California illegally contribute $130 billion annually to the state’s gross domestic product.
“It’s a population deeply embedded in the labor market, neighborhoods and social fabric of the state,” said USC sociology professor Manuel Pastor, who worked on the report.
USC researchers conducted the study in conjunction with the California Immigrant Policy Center. They used census data and statistics from the Labor Department and the Department of Homeland Security.
The study also found that half of California’s illegal immigrants have lived in the state for at least 10 years, and nearly 75 percent live in households that include a U.S. citizen. Approximately 58 percent of illegal immigrant workers in California do not have health insurance.
In total, about 2.6 million immigrants are estimated to be living in California illegally.