The trade that moves through the cities of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas increased 15 percent from 2008 to 2009 and is set to increase again in 2010 in spite of the escalating drug cartel violence.
The trade that moves between the cities represents 15% of the total trade relationship between the U.S. and Mexico. The bottom line in manufacturing continues to be strong in Juarez in spite of the negative light that city has been receiving as a result of the violence.
The city that is considered Mexico’s most dangerous with a reported 3,000 deaths this year, has added more than 24,000 manufacturing jobs and sees a steady increase in tractor-trailer traffic hauling goods to the U.S. from Mexico and vice versa.
The same can not be said about small retailers and the residents themselves that have been fleeing the city due to the violence. The factory or ‘maquiladoras’ pay good wages for Mexico and local employees come to work and then leave to their new homes outside the city.