60% of Mexicans Work in Informal Sector (Tijuana Press, 12/11/12 by Daniel Angel)

Tijuana, BC - In Mexico, over 48 million people are working and of those, slightly more than 29 million are in the informal sector according to figures from the Institute Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (Inegi). Numbers provided by the Institute are for the third quarter of 2012 and report for the first time they have added those in the unprotected work sectors: agricultural, domestic services, and general laborers which are under arrangement without registration for social insurance, although they do work for formal businesses.

Of the total 29.3 million people identified in this sector, 14.2 million work in itinerant trades or cottage industries which are considered the informal sector. In areas added for the first time, the workers are divided as follows: 2.1 million in domestic service, 6.2 in agricultural service and 6.8 million in established companies or institutions but without registration in social security.

"It highlights the labor situation for almost all older and most young workers, as 80.0% of workers 65 years old and over are part of informal employment, as well as 71.6% of the employed population aged 14 to 24”, underlines the Inegi.

The report released this week also indicates that lower rates of informal employment exist in the Northern States of Baja California Sur (41.6%), Chihuahua (42.8%), Nuevo León (43.0%), Coahuila (44.3%) and Baja California (46.7%).

Inegi believes that this is because these regions they are highly linked with parts of the economic world that include more structured labor markets. "In general terms, the Northern States have rates of relatively reduced informality and high rates of unemployment, while the Southern part of the country in general, shows high rates of informal employment and low unemployment rates, as reflected this report. http://www.tijuanapress.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8406:60-de-los-mexicanos-trabajan-en-la-informalidad-inegi&catid=1:locales&Itemid=50

Classes Suspended for Rain (Tijuana Press, 12/13/12 by Vicente Calderón & Daniel Ángel)

Tijuana, BC - Civil protection said there was no serious damage, but authorities decided to suspend classes for the evening shift of school since the weather forecast said it will continue raining this afternoon. The State Secretariat of Education reported the suspension of school activities in the municipalities of Tijuana and Playa de Rosarito.

At a meeting of the Council of Municipal Civil Protection this morning, area authorities claimed there were no reports of serious damage as a result of the storm. The biggest problems were those stuck in vehicular traffic due to floods and the flooding of various roads. Two families had to leave their homes because they were at risk.

Although the Tijuana DIF temporary shelter, located on boulevard Insurgentes in the East of the city was already opened, authorities said nobody was there.

Antonio Rosquillas, head of civil protection in the municipality, said they hoped that the precipitation would only reach 20 cubic mm but in some parts, it has reached 60. http://www.tijuanapress.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8412:suspenden-clases-por-la-lluvia&catid=1:locales&Itemid=50


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