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Economic census takers to spread out across Mexico

On February 6, Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi) began its 2024 Economic Census, a nationwide seven-month initiative in which 32,000 interviewers and field personnel will hope to visit around 6.6 million business establishments.

pg1cIn Jalisco, 1,860 Inegi field staff will visit just over 400,000 businesses between now and August 31. During these visits, the interviewers will question owners, or those in charge of the establishments, on 17 thematic topics. Inegi says these include information about “employees and their characteristics, remuneration, expenses, income, stocks or inventories, fixed assets, credits, bank accounts, information technologies, as well as business characteristics and management.”

The exercise is carried out every five years, and, Inegi says, “forms the basis of our national economic statistics, allowing us to know what, how much, how and where (everything) is produced in the Mexican economy.”

Once all the data is compiled, by mid-2025, it will become available for free access by private citizens, government institutions, civil society organizations, academia and others.

Inegi says the 2019 Economic Census identified 6,373,169 establishments that contributed to a gross domestic product of US$1.30 trillion. It was also recorded that, of the 36,038,272 people employed in these businesses, 43.8 percent were women and 56.1 percent were men. The average per capita income was $US9,660 per year.

The Inegi personnel who will visit businesses will always identify themselves with an official credential, vest, backpack and cap with the institute’s logo. People will be able to verify the identity of the person conducting the interview either on the Inegi portal (inegi.org.mx/inegi/para-informante) or by calling 800-111-4634.

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