Immigrants Meet the Area’s Labor Needs

September 1, 2000

Any doubts about the major source of the greater Washington area’s labor supply to fuel the economic boom in the 1990s should be dispelled with the release of recent Census Bureau population estimates. From 1990 to 1999, the Washington area experienced a 125,229 increase in Hispanic residents and a 107,872 increase in Asian residents. Together, those residents constituted 56 percent of the population increase in the 1990s.