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