Immigrants almost a fifth of US business owners

NEW YORK (AP) — Immigrants in the United States represent a growing portion of America's small business owners, with companies ranging from dry cleaners to technical consulting services.

That's according to a report released Thursday by the Fiscal Policy Institute. It's based on an analysis of 2010 data from the U.S. Census' American Community Survey.

The report says 18 percent of small business owners in the U.S. are immigrants. That's an increase from 1990, when immigrants made up 12 percent of small business owners.

The report said that immigrants were the owners of 37 percent of restaurant and other food service businesses. They also owned 49 percent of grocery stores, 37 percent of nail salons and other personal care services, and 20 percent of computer systems design and related services.

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