El Paso, Las Cruces and Juarez add 35,000 combined year-over-year jobs in October, according to Hunt Institute
EL PASO, Texas (Border report) – Jobs are returning to the Paso del Norte region.
El Paso, Las Cruces, New Mexico, and in particular Juarez, Mexico saw a slight increase in employment in October. El Paso created 8,900 jobs in October, driven by growth in services, commerce and transportation, the University of Texas at El Paso’s Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness reported on Tuesday.
The same three sectors fueled job growth in Las Cruces, which added 2,300 jobs. Juarez has gained 23,900 jobs thanks to its iconic manufacturing sector.
Juarez is home to more than 300 US-run manufacturing plants and the Mexican government has designated many of them as essential businesses, sparing them from COVID-19 shutdowns. Juarez has seen year-over-year job gains over the past 15 months, according to the Hunt Institute’s December 2021 report.
But while El Paso’s manufacturing sector remains stagnant, it leads all major cities in Texas in growing sales tax collections, the report says.
El Paso collected $ 93.5 million in sales taxes in the first 10 months of the year, a 20.3% increase from pre-2019 pandemic levels. It also collected 16 million more over the same period in 2020.
El Paso was also among the top four on the southwest border in terms of international trade. El Paso’s ports of entry saw an 11.2% increase in trade in the first 10 months of 2021 compared to 2019, the Hunt Institute reported.