Most Nonemployer Businesses Owned by U.S.-Born But Foreign-Born Hispanic and Asian Owners Had a Large Presence in Some Sectors

Most U.S. business owners with no employees were U.S.-born but in some sectors and demographic groups, including Asian and Hispanic populations, more business owners were foreign-born.

About 77.9% of owners of nonemployer businesses — firms that do not have paid employees — were native-born and 22.1% were born outside of the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 Nonemployer Statistics by Demographics (NES-D), the most recent estimates availabl

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