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Data: Pew Research Center; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

The share of state populations made up of unauthorized immigrants fell in every state bordering Mexico, except Texas, between 2007 and 2016, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.

Why it matters: While President Trump draws attention to an "invasion" of illegal immigrants and the need for a border wall, the share of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. is falling.

By the numbers:

  • Of the states with the highest percentage of unauthorized immigrants, the only one that saw an increase was Maryland.
  • Unauthorized immigrants do not make up the majority share of immigrants in any state, according to Pew. They make up a quarter of the foreign-born population overall in the U.S.
  • They do contribute to the economy, making up between 5 and 10% of the labor force in the five states with the largest share of unauthorized immigrants.
  • And industries such as construction and agriculture tend to have the highest shares of unauthorized immigrant employees, according to the study.
  • Mexicans make up about half of the national unauthorized immigrant population, but much smaller shares in states along the East Coast.

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Local news moves to the inbox

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

A slew of new companies are launching platforms for local newsletters, a shift that could help finally bring the local news industry into the digital era.

Driving the news: Substack, the email publishing platform for independent journalists, on Thursday announced a new local news platform.

J&J vaccine pause hurts its reputation

Reproduced from Economist/YouGov poll; Chart: Axios Visuals

Americans' confidence in the safety of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine took a big dip this week after the pause in its use, per new YouGov polling, even though the risk of blood clots following the shot is extremely low, if it exists at all.

Why it matters: For the majority of people, particularly high-risk Americans, getting the J&J shot is almost certainly less dangerous than remaining vulnerable to the coronavirus.

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Inflation will rise. Don't panic

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

It's been 40 years since America last saw a damaging level of inflation. Yet despite that — or perhaps because of it — inflation fears are widespread, and could even become self-fulfilling.

Why it matters: The government's strategy for bringing back employment and widespread prosperity involves a necessary — yet temporary — increase in inflation. When an entire generation has never experienced such a thing, that can be disconcerting. And for the time being, Americans are not buying what the government is selling.