A review of last year’s employment statistics resulted in Jalisco being crowned Mexico’s top job creation engine for 2017, logging 93,631 new jobs to knock the State of Mexico down a peg to number two and Mexico City to number three.
However, a closer look at the nitty gritty particulars of the state’s employment landscape reveals a more complicated picture.
Most business leaders in the state agree that chief among the industries that led to Jalisco’s employment coup are the electronics, agriculture and automative sectors. Other factors include the state’s vigorous export power, thriving tech industry, economic diversity, and the devaluation of the peso against the dollar (which attracts foreign investment).
But the rosy-hued panorama darkens a shade when salary levels are considered across the state’s economic multi-verse, something both the aforementioned members of the private sector and the government are busy reckoning with.
According to the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), six out of every ten employees in the state earn 7,000 pesos a month or less. The number was presumably even lower before a raise in the minimum wage from 80 to 88 pesos a day was effected last year. However, the National Council of Social Development (Coneval) recommends a minimum wage of 92 pesos-a-day to keep workers and their families above the poverty line, and Daniel Curiel, head of the Jalisco Council of Industry Chambers, puts the minimum earnings to keep workers in the black at 150 pesos a day.