A study released by the University of Tennessee today shows Tennessee has the third-fastest growing population of Hispanic people, but that the population is still lower than the national average.
The study attributes the growth in the number of Hispanic people in Tennessee (about 4 percent, compared to 2.2 percent in 2000) to the state's growing chicken slaughtering plants and other businesses that require low-wage, low-skill workers.
Not surprisingly, the study also found that--gasp!--Hispanic people contribute to Tennessee's economy by working in those low-wage factory jobs, buying things, and paying taxes.
The study did point out that many Hispanic children need more intensive education in areas like learning English. The report warns that if Hispanic children don't get the education they need to graduate at higher rates and attend college, "This second generation will consist of U.S. citizens with full access to social services. Their low wages and low skills will likely make them economically dependent on these services."
The complete report is available to read here.