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The Workforce


The Workforce, Piedras Negras, Mexico

Demographic Impact

Piedras Negras still serves as a transfer center for north and southbound trade and possesses a growing population in search of higher paying jobs. Base employment is agrarian related.


Employment Considerations

Currently almost 15,000 people are employed in 42 Piedras Negras maquilas. More than 5,600 workers are involved in automobile-related manufacturing and assembly activities, while 3,900 are employed in apparel manufacturing.


Unemployment Percentage

Piedras Negras 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.


Skill Ranking

Large and medium sized maquilas have not tended to locate in Piedras Negras due to its small size and remote location. Nuevo Laredo has been an alternative destination for maquila operators who require access to the crossings in Laredo. The aggregate skill level will increase as more maquilas in electronics locate there.

Education and Training

A college - type training school exists in Piedras Negras, from which 40% of the region's students graduate.


Turnove Rates

In general terms, turnover is moderate in Piedras Negras because of a smaller labor pool and fewer choices for workers to find other job sites. Their smaller sewing plants are within walking distance of housing areas. Turnover rate estimates typically run 8% - 10% per month.


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