Is there a word for negative romanticization? Dysnostalgia? In all of the commentary recently on immigration and the relationship between the United States and Mexico I’ve seen a lot of things written about Mexico that I think should be clarified a bit.
The chart above is a chart of the rate of unemployment in Mexico over the last ten years derived from data from the Instituto Nacional de Estadística Geografía e Informática (thanks to LatinFocus, from which I, er, borrowed the chart). As you can see, the unemployment rate has been hovering between 4% and an amazing 2% for most of that period. Here are are few other interesting economic facts about Mexico:
|Unemployment rate (2006)||3.6%|
|Per capita GDP||$10,100|
It’s not that people in Mexico can’t find jobs. It’s that Mexico is the neighbor to a very rich country and the labor markets for the two countries are progressively moving towards being a single market. Of course, labor tends to move to the higher-paying jobs.
I continue to believe that more should be asked of Mexico: it should be shouldering responsibilities proportional to its status in the world.