It is surprising to hear the maquiladora industry all along the Mexican border is going through a rough time, with companies pulling up stakes and leaving as many as 200,000 people without jobs.
It is certainly sad to hear so many people have lost work. In Mexicali, the city that borders our area, 7,000 to 8,000 people have lost jobs this year because of maquiladora closures.
We hope this is a problem that rights itself, but Mexican authorities say it will continue as long as the United States is experiencing an economic downturn. The manufacturing industry in this country has seen a sharp slowdown in the past year and that is affecting Mexico, authorities say.
They also say the Mexican economy is too dependent upon the U.S. economy in export industries. While that has positives, it does come with negatives, as we are seeing now.