A national “Day Without Immigrants” protest Thursday forced some D.C. restaurants, day-care centers and even schools to shut down or adjust their hours as the region’s immigrants went on strike to highlight the role they play in the country.
District, Measured — the blog from the D.C. Office of Revenue Analysis — released data coinciding with the strike, which provides a glimpse of this role. The numbers show the jobs immigrants hold and thus which local sectors may have been affected by the strike.
Take a look at the interactive chart below. The highest percentage of immigrants are employed as carpenters and housekeepers, at about 80 percent. A large number of the city’s immigrants are also child-care providers.
Seventy-one percent of chefs or head cooks, 61 percent of cooks and 47 percent of food preparation workers in the District are immigrants.
In the entire Washington region, about 48 percent of people working in the restaurant industry are foreign-born, according to data compiled by the Institute for Immigration Research at George Mason University.
The chart also shows that these professions are the ones with the lowest pay.
“Most of the occupations with the highest concentrations of immigrants in D.C. are those with low or middle wages,” District, Measured wrote.
“However, immigrants comprise almost half of D.C. workers in several high-wage occupations: economists (46 percent), mathematicians and statisticians (43 percent), and physical scientists (42 percent).”
The data come from the 2015 American Community Survey. A profession is considered low-wage if its median wage was in the bottom 25 percent of median wages across all jobs in D.C., or below $44,000. The median wages of high-wage jobs are in the top 25 percent, or annual salaries of more than $86,000.