Report: 90K Arizona Jobs Connected To Trade With Mexico

By Jorge Valencia
October 26, 2016
Woodrow Wilson Center

Almost 90,000 jobs in Arizona depend on the state’s trade and foreign direct investment from Mexico, according to an economic report released Wednesday.

The figure, according to an analysis by the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, accounts for jobs directly and indirectly connected to goods exported and imported from Mexico and to Mexican companies with investments in Arizona.

The top Arizona industries in trade with Mexico include metal ore mining, electrical equipment production car semiconductor manufacturing, the report says. Almost 9,000 jobs in Hayden, about 70 miles northeast of Tucson, are connected to copper mining operations owned by Asarco, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico, said Chris Wilson, lead author of the Wilson Center study.

"There are investments like that happening all across the United States,” Wilson said. “I think it goes very much in a different direction from the narrative that we hear about U.S. outsourcing to Mexico. It turns out that that's happening in both directions."

Mexico is the top export market for the four states along the border and it accounts for more than 40 percent of Arizona’s exports, according to the report. That’s a fact that is not lost in public officials such as Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, who’s on an official visit to Mexico City this week. On his agenda: re-opening the city’s international trade office.