Top Industries of Employment

El Paso County (El Paso and surrounding areas)

The city has maintained a significant manufacturing sector. Once focused primarily on textiles, manufacturing has diversified into automotive, biomedical, defense and electronics, and the city is a leading point of shipping and distribution, with direct transportation access to Los Angeles, Denver and the Midwest.

The medical sector is showing great promise, with the Medical Center of the Americas, which has created the region’s first private biomedical research facility and a commercialization institute, which the MCA plans to bring online in 2017. The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine will bring the region’s number of medical schools to three when it opens in 2016. These medical institutions, spread across Juárez, El Paso and Las Cruces, can leverage each other’s individual strengths and in the process advance regional cooperation.

Given the diversity of its economy, El Paso is in a strong position to lead economic cooperation regionally.

Employment Reported by Place of Work Number of Total Establishments 2014 Total Number of Employees Total Number of Employees (%)
2012 2013 2014 2012 2013 2014
Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing 15 321 454 331 0.15 0.21 0.15
Mining and Quarrying 16 255 245 N/A 0.12 0.11 N/A
Utilities 17 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Construction 907 9,297 9,471 9,546 4.25 4.30 4.30
Manufacturing 481 13,624 14,173 13,793 6.23 6.44 6.21
Wholesale trade 1,009 9,964 10,083 9,878 4.55 4.58 4.45
Retail trade 2,298 35,583 37,264 38,117 16.26 16.93 17.16
Transportation and Warehousing 812 12,536 12,147 11,185 5.73 5.52 5.03
Information 183 8,223 10,051 8,830 3.76 4.57 3.97
Finance and Insurance 939 7,074 6,611 6,546 3.23 3.00 2.95
Real Estate, Rental, and Leasing 728 3711 3,762 3,797 1.70 1.71 1.71
Scientific Services 1,283 10,520 9,466 9,631 4.81 4.30 4.34
Management of Companies 64 3,004 1,750 1,865 1.37 0.79 0.84
Remediation Services 627 23,339 22,817 23,673 10.67 10.36 10.66
Educational Services 147 2,877 2,798 2,887 1.31 1.27 1.30
Health Care and Social Assistance 1,544 39,166 39,507 41,337 17.90 17.94 18.61
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 138 1,980 1,745 2,195 0.90 0.79 0.99
Accommodation and Food Services 1,488 28,979 29,569 30,414 13.25 13.43 13.69
Other Services 1,162 8,337 8,255 8,139 3.81 3.75 3.66
Industries not classified 17 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 13,875 218,790 220,168 222,164 100.00 100.00 100.00

Doña Ana County (Las Cruces and Southern NM)

Southern New Mexico is home to a number of technology-driven entities with the potential for strong regional impact, including White Sands Missile Range and Spaceport America, home to Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Virgin Galactic and SpaceX are set to introduce the world to space travel, while Ted Turner’s plan to open a nearby luxury resort could help grow tourism beyond the niche of space exploration.

White Sands is expected to grow through a greater emphasis on areas like simulated warfare product testing and drone training. New Mexico is strong in life sciences, and sensors is a viable specialty industry. Doña Ana County is attractive to manufacturers because of its available space and its proximity to Union Pacific Railroad’s new bi-modal facility in nearby Santa Teresa.

Employment Reported by Place of Work Number of Total Establishments 2014 Total Number of Employees Total Number of Employees (%)
2012 2013 2014 2012 2013 2014
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 10 57 54 N/A 0.11 .011 N/A
Mining, Quarrying 6 34 31 28 0.07 0.06 0.06
Utilities 23 268 266 262 0.54 0.52 0.52
Construction 424 3,323 3,122 3,332 6.70 6.29 6.55
Manufacturing 135 2,597 2,502 2,371 5.23 5.04 4.66
Wholesale trade 108 1,049 1,231 1,080 2.11 2.48 2.12
Retail trade 501 8,067 8,049 8,034 16.26 16.22 15.80
Transportation and Warehousing 108 1,573 1,513 1,461 3.17 3.05 2.87
Information 43 490 493 498 0.99 0.99 0.98
Finance and Insurance 242 1,821 1,744 1,649 3.67 3.05 3.24
Real Estate, Rental and Leasing 215 675 689 713 1.36 1.39 1.40
Scientific Services 335 3,678 3,739 5,064 7.41 7.54 9.96
Management of Companies 10 171 89 117 0.34 0.18 0.23
Remediation Services 156 2,910 2,642 2,981 5.87 5.33 5.86
Educational Services 40 621 636 456 1.25 1.28 0.90
Health Care and Social Assistance 502 12,268 12,912 13,190 24.73 26.03 25.93
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 42 1,228 1,085 1,043 2.48 2.19 2.05
Accommodation and Food Services 320 6,932 6,713 6,702 13.97 13.53 13.18
Other Services 321 1,850 1,870 1,839 3.73 3.77 3.62
Industries not classified 5 N/A N/A 6 N/A N/A 0.01
Total 3,546 49,613 49,387 50,861 100.00 100.00 100.00

Cd. Juárez

Today, there are an estimated 250,000 manufacturing workers in the Borderplex, 234,000 of them in Juarez. Of those Cd. Juarez workers, 215,000 work in maquila factories.

Cd. Juárez’s success remains critical to the region’s as a whole, with 14,000 jobs in El Paso relating directly to the maquilas and millions of retail dollars pouring north of the border annually. The Juárez/El Paso MSA is the largest bilingual, binational community on the Mexico/Texas border. And with Mexico already the world’s top destination for aerospace manufacturing investments, Cd. Juárez is positioned to capitalize on the burgeoning aerospace industry in New Mexico and Texas.

Non-Agricultural Employment Reported by Place of Work Number of Total Establishments 2016 Total Number Employees Percentage Distribution of Total Employees %
2005 2010 2015 2005 2010 2015
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting N/A 626 662 892 0.18 0.21 0.22
Extractive Industry 1,331 61 30 73 0.02 0.01 0.02
Manufacturing Industry 230,288 181,726 270,099 64.45 58.07 66.09
Construction Industry 15,378 8,854 12,095 4.30 2.83 2.96
Uptake and Electrical Industry and Water Supply 2,235 2,450 2,432 0.63 0.78 0.60
Commerce 8,353 38,820 39,986 42,383 10.86 12.78 10.37
Transportation and Communication N/A 9,802 11,462 14,890 2.74 3.66 3.64
Services 5,164 60,128 67,750 65,835 16.83 21.65 16.11
Total 14,848 357,338 312,920 408,699 100.00 100.00 100.00

Source:  Chihuahua.gob.mx