Study: Immigrants have positive effect on NC economy

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RALEIGH, N.C. - A study found immigrants have a positive effect on North Carolina's economy.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study stated 750,000 immigrants live in the state, and includes those who entered the country legally and illegally.              

Researchers added the consumer spending, ripple effect and taxes then subtracted public services to figure a net benefit.               

They say each immigrant contributes more than $23,000.

Overall, immigrant consumer spending contributed $19.8 billion to the state economy in 2010.

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