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The Workforce


The Workforce, Chihuahua City, Mexico

Demographic Impact

Cd. Chihuahua still serves as a transfer center for north and southbound trade and possesses a growing population in search of higher paying jobs.


Employment Considerations

Currently almost 29,200 people are employed in 66 Cd. Chihuahua maquilas.


Unemployment Percentage

Cd. Chihuahua averages 12% - 16% representative of its limited maquiladora base.


Availability of Labor

Population and demographic projections still point to above average growth, as expected to accompany increased trade, border migration and higher birth rates.


Wage Rates

Wages are generally lower in Chihuahua than on the border, reflecting the city's isolation and smaller size. Daily base hourly wages average closer to the national minimum wage, typically 18 - 22 nuevo pesos, including benefits. Workers with higher skills do receive higher wages, more comparable to those paid in Juarez.


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