Trump reaches deal to keep 1,000 jobs at Indiana plant from moving to Mexico

11/29/16 The Guardian

17190003726_efac0b42e2_oNine months after announcing plans to move more than 2,000 jobs from Indiana to Mexico, the Carrier Corporation said Tuesday evening that it had reached a deal with President-elect Donald Trump to keep nearly 1,000 of those jobs in Indiana.

Carrier said via Twitter that it would announce more details soon. The New York Times reported that, according to transition team officials, Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who is Indiana’s governor, would appear at Carrier’s Indiana factory on Thursday to announce a deal.

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The Case for Partnering with Mexico

11/7/2016 The National Interest

By Public Policy Fellow Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne

mexican flagMexico has been a punching bag in the United States election campaign this year. Rather than hitting our neighbor with insults and threats, however, we should be cementing partnership with Mexico to strengthen our economy and security. The American public has been fed misleading explanations, factual distortions, and bad solutions. A number of the proposed actions regarding Mexico would harm the United States rather than address the challenges we face in creating good jobs, making our economy more competitive, and enhancing border security.

U.S. trade with Mexico supports a net 4.9 million American manufacturing and service jobs spread widely across the United States, according to the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute. Those jobs exist because, under NAFTA, Mexico has become the second largest purchaser of U.S. exports in the world, with Canada being the largest. We trade over a million dollars a minute with Mexico, and the breadth of U.S.-Mexican cooperation is unprecedented, covering trade, public security, immigration, energy, the environment, international affairs, and much more.

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Read our paper “How Trade in Mexico Impacts Employment in the United States”

Check out our project “Growing Together: Economic Ties between the United States and Mexico”

NEW PUBLICATION | Growing Together: How Trade with Mexico Impacts Employment in the United States

growing-together-employment-sectionBy Christopher Wilson

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The United States and Mexico trade over a half-trillion dollars in goods and services each year, which amounts to more than a million dollars in bilateral commerce every minute.  With such a large volume of trade, it is not hard to believe that the number of jobs that depend on the bilateral relationship is similarly impressive. New research by the Mexico Institute shows precisely that: nearly five million U.S. jobs depend on trade with Mexico.

The study shows that if trade between the United States and Mexico were halted, 4.9 million Americans from across the country would be out of work.

This essay analyzes the employment impact of bilateral trade on the U.S. economy. Read the essay here.

Key Findings

  • Nearly five million U.S. jobs depend on trade with Mexico… Our model shows that if trade between the United States and Mexico were halted, 4.9 million Americans would be out of work.
  • Many times, it is the availability of cost-efficient inputs that allows U.S. companies to stay competitive enough to fend off competitors from outside the region and to grow exports in the face of fierce global competition. In this way, not just exports but also imports from Mexico help support jobs in U.S. industry.
  • The auto industry, which is probably the single most integrated regional industry, is a perfect example of the benefits of trade integration. Without the availability of nearby Mexican plants to do the final assembly of light vehicles, it is quite possible that the vast U.S. parts producing network for these vehicles would migrate to someplace outside of the continent.
  • Misperception and scapegoating has certainly played a role in creating the current negative political environment around trade…but so has the very real failure of U.S. policymakers to adequately address the challenges facing middle-class Americans.

This essay is part of our project Growing Together: Economic Ties between the United States and Mexico, which explores the bilateral relationship in detail to understand its nature and its impact on the United States. Throughout the fall of 2016, the Mexico Institute will release the findings of our research on our website and social media, using the hashtag #USMXEcon.

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A century of data shows that Donald Trump is wrong about the jobs impact of immigration

08/15/2016 Quartz

deportation“Decades of record immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment for our citizens, especially for African-American and Latino workers. We are going to have an immigration system that works, but one that works for the American people.” —Donald Trump, in his 2016 Republican party nomination acceptance speech.

If US presidential candidate Donald Trump wants an immigration system that works for Americans, he might want to consider one with far fewer restrictions than he’s proposing.
Immigrants don’t cause high unemployment. In fact, a century of data suggests Trump has both his chronology and his causation reversed—it shows that a thriving US job market causes immigration to rise.

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Mexico Sitting on Untapped Entrepreneurial Talent

07/20/2016 Gallup

emprender.pngWASHINGTON, D.C. — Entrepreneurial talent — an individual’s innate potential to successfully create businesses and jobs — can be found in every postal code in Mexico. But many of these individuals are not being identified and developed.

Just over one in four adults living in Mexico are employed full time for an employer, which is about average for Latin America, but it highlights a disappointing gap between the current state of Mexico’s economy and its potential. The lack of “good jobs” could stem from the sizable informal economy, uncompetitive wages and sparse access to training, development and higher education.

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Mexican consul: NC’s relationship with Mexico an important one

08/10/2016 The Daily Reflector

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The new Mexican consul general for the Carolinas said many people don’t understand the contributions that Mexicans make to the economy of North Carolina.

“Many people don’t know that Mexico is the second biggest export market,” said Remedios Gomez Arnau. “Many people don’t know that there are five big Mexican companies in North Carolina creating jobs.

“Many people don’t know that there are 200,000 jobs in North Carolina depending on the trade with Mexico,” Arnau said. “Many people don’t know that the migrant workers of Mexico that are working here, if they were expelled from North Carolina, it would cost a lot of money to the economy of North Carolina and that many jobs would be lost also.”

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Job Opportunity: Program Assistant, Mexico Institute

1620505_820228064671080_545656447_nTitle: Program Assistant, Mexico Institute
Agency: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Job Announcement Number: WC-16-08T SALARY: $35,265 Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 to Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Series: AD-303

The incumbent serves as the principal administrative, clerical, and project support assistant for the Mexico Institute.

The responsibilities will include:

Oversees the organization of Institute events which may include arranging travel and accommodations for staff and visitors;

Performs research related to program activities;

Compiles and maintains computer database of subject matter experts, peer reviewers, conference participants, media, and the general public interested in program events, etc. and is responsible for updating and distributing information through the use of automated mailing lists;

Arranging for facilities, catering, A/V and any other necessary services;

Routinely drafts correspondence for the Institute Director’s signature;

Receives visitors, answers phones and provides information related to program activities;

Prepares a variety of financial forms, correspondence, reports on a PC;

Processes payments and reimbursements for consultants, project participants, and partner organizations.

Updates the Institute’s webpages regularly in consultation with the Deputy Director and Director;

Provides orientation for scholars and the processing of their associated paperwork;

Assists with the preparation of newsletters, other Institute publications;

Organizes and maintains files on all events and funding sources;

Drafts summaries of Mexico Institute events for publication on Mexico Institute website.

And performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge Required

This position requires the ability to use a personal computer and the ability to use a variety of office software (word processing, database, email, web authoring, etc.) to perform office work; experience in the coordination of special events; and knowledge of standard office procedures. Knowledge and an interest in Mexican history, culture and/or society and Spanish language fluency are highly desirable.

To review full description, qualifications requirements, and how to apply for this position please visit our full job announcement at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/436532800