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The Workforce


Demographic Impact

Over 65% of the Agua Prieta population is under 30 years of age. Harvest times often constrict the workforce, many leave to support the family farm or seek migrant work in Arizona's Sonoran Valley. Agua Prieta is also a way station for Mexican migrant farm workers. Many Nogalean families have lived in the area for generations, and return from the fields in the off-season.

Employment Considerations

There are 86,231 persons economically active between the ages 12 - 49.

Unemployment Percentage

Agua Prieta's unemployment rate is at about 20%.

Skill Ranking

Agua Prieta literacy rate of 93% is average for border cities, with 88% of its workforce high school graduates and an additional 8% having finished preparatory or technical school.

Education and Training

Agua Prieta has 14 high schools, 7 technical schools, and 8 professional schools. Several industrial parks have established training centers to support the operations of their tenants.

Turnover Rates

Estimates in Agua Prieta typically run at about 3-5% per month in most maquilas. Low wages and agricultural migration during the harvest season contribute heavily to the total community's high turnover.

Top Maquilas


Top Maquilas Agua Prieta, Mexico


Availability of Labor

Population and demographic projections still point to above average growth, as Mexicali is affected by increased trade, border migration and higher birth rates. A quick look at maquila employment in Agua Prieta reveals:

Employment Size

% of Total Employment

0-49

28%

50-99

32%

100-499

28%

500-999

12%


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