Immigrants are powering the Maryland labor force, comptroller finds

New data shows that Maryland has a larger immigrant labor force than the U.S. average. About 21% of workers in the state are foreign-born compared to a 17% nationwide average. Those foreign workers are also fueling the state’s meager two percent labor force growth, as they are more likely to participate in the labor force than natural born Marylanders. The state has a 2.4% unemployment rate and has approximately three job openings available for every worker, one of the highest ratios in the nation.

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