Figures confirm immigrants' economic importance for Arizona

Phoenix, May 9 (EFE).- The state of Arizona would lose $48.8 billion in economic activity and 581,000 jobs if all the undocumented immigrants left the state, according to figures released Thursday.

It is estimated that there are approximately 400,000 undocumented immigrants living in the state, a figure that represents 6 percent of the population, according to a report by the Washington-based Immigration Policy Center.

In Arizona, Latinos and Asians together represent 32.8 percent of the total population and one-third of them are naturalized citizens.

Meanwhile, 10 percent of Arizona voters are naturalized citizens and U.S.-born children of immigrants.

The report estimates that the homes of immigrants spend an average of $10.5 billion per year, which helps to generate 66,500 fulltime jobs.

In Arizona, there are 52,667 Latino businesses employing 54,530 people and with annual sales topping $8 billion.