The border corridor sees an increase in the number of jobs, international trade and the collection of sales tax

El Paso, Las Cruces and Juarez add 35,000 combined year-over-year jobs in October, according to Hunt Institute

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Workers at a cross-border factory work in a production line in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on June 13, 2011. As local businesses have been devastated by high murder rates and criminal gangs in the deadliest city in the Mexico, Ciudad Juarez, the multinational industry is booming. Many small stores are empty on the desolate streets of the border town across from El Paso, Texas, as foreign manufacturers are setting up more factories called “maquiladoras,” which import and assemble duty-free components for the industry. export. Some companies have increased their security costs in northern border towns such as Ciudad Juarez, but officials say the maquiladoras are not under threat because they lack what the gangs want most, money. AFP PHOTO / JESUS ​​ALCAZAR (Photo credit should read Jesus Alcazar / AFP via Getty Images)

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.