The San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metro area now has the highest share of workers who are recent immigrants, according to a report published this week by the employment website Indeed.
Nearly five percent of workers employed here immigrated to the United States in the past five years compared to 4.6 percent in Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-West Palm Beach and 3.2 percent in New York-Newark-Jersey City, which were ranked second and third respectively.
“More recent immigrants, therefore, are likely to live in more expensive metros that offer more professional jobs than earlier immigrants did,” wrote the report’s author, Jed Kolko.
Recent immigrants differ from their earlier counterparts in several ways, including that they are overwhelmingly moving to the United States from Asian countries compared to the immigrants from Latin America, which has been the course in decades past. Nearly half of recent immigrants also hold at least a bachelor’s degree and aren’t readily seen as competition for working-class jobs.