Without immigrants, construction, hotels and restaurants in Boston might grind to a halt, according to a study by the BPDA posted last week.
Using data from 2014, the agency found that roughly 40% of Boston residents who work in construction - and 41% of all Boston residents who work in hotels and restaurants were born somewhere other than the US. In fact, 30% of all Bostonians with a job are foreign born, the study says, adding that Dominicans and Haitians are the two largest groups of foreign-born workers, at about 10% each, followed by people from China and El Salvador.
The number of jobs held by native-born residents has increased since 1980, just nowhere near the explosive growth seen by foreign-born residents.
The BPDA adds:
Boston's immigrant population has a significant economic impact on the local economy through their spending.
They spend from their after-tax earnings, more than $3.6 billion annually. These annual expenditures generate more
than $1.2 billion in State and Federal tax revenues and contribute almost $3.6 billion to the regional product.