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Jun 20, 2012 5:00 PM by Courtney Meznarich, KSBY News

New survey details immigrant contribution in Santa Barbara County

A new survey released Wednesday details immigrant contribution in Santa Barbara County. The 2008-2010 American Community Survey is a compilation of new and existing data on economic contributions by immigrants to California, with a focus on six regions where immigrants represent a growing segment of the population, including Kern, Los Angeles, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara and Tulare.

The report shows more than 94,000 immigrant residents live in Santa Barbara County, making up 23% of the population. Immigrants and their children make up 35% of the population, according to the study. Approximately 34% of immigrants to Santa Barbara County are U.S. Citizens.

Immigrants make up around 29% of the labor force in Santa Barbara County, figuring prominently in the agriculture, wholesale trade, repair and personal services industries.

The study found that immigrants over the age of 25 in Santa Barbara County are more likely to be over-skilled in the labor market than native born workers, meaning they hold a Bachelor's degree or higher and are working in an unskilled job. Immigrants in the county account for 27% of all residents with a Ph.D degree.

The top regions of origin for immigrants in the county are Latin America, 72%; Asia, 14%; and Europe, 10%.

To read the entire report, click here.

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