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The Workforce

The Workforce, Nogales, MX

Demographic Impact

Over 65% of the Nogales population is under 30 years of age. Harvest times can constrict the workforce, many leave to support the family farm or seek migrant work in Arizona's Sonoran Valley. Nogales is also a way station or 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

Nogales unemployment ranges from 9% - 11%, depending upon the agriculture season.


Skill Ranking

Nogales literacy rate of 93% is above 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

Nogales has 14 high schools, 7 technical schools, and 8 professional schools. Several industrial park has established training centers to support the operations of its tenants.


Turnover Rates

Estimates in Nogales typically run as high as 15% per month in most maquilas. Low wages and agricultural migration during the harvest season contribute heavily to the total communities high turnover.

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 is Nogales reveals:


Employment Size

% of Total Employment

0- 49

28%

50- 99

32%

100- 499

28%

500- 999

12%


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