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The Unauthorized Immigrant Workforce and Idaho’s Economy (2024)


This report describes Idaho’s unauthorized workforce and how their work, spending and taxes relate to Idaho’s economy.

The University of Idaho James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research examined existing data and research on unauthorized immigrants, both nationally and in Idaho. The most recent data on the number of unauthorized immigrants in the United States and Idaho are from 2021, with more detailed data only available for earlier years.

This report summarizes conclusions from existing data and does not update estimates or collect new quantitative data. It integrates perspectives and up-to-date information on Idaho’s unauthorized workforce from Idaho professionals in agriculture, dairy and hospitality industries.

McClure Center

Physical Address:

Capitol Annex Ste. 116

Mailing Address:

James A. & Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research
Capitol Annex
514 W. Jefferson Street
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-4549