Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Educated Unemployed Mexican Women

A new report from Inegi says that 46 percent of unemployed Mexican women, or 338,000 out of 730,000, had either a high school education or above. In 1997, only 27 percent of all women had this level of education, so clearly they are significantly over-represented among the ranks of the jobless. (For men, 30 percent of the unemployed come from this high-education group, roughly the same as their representation in the population at large.) I'd say this reflects the longstanding inability of Mexico to fully tap the potential of its female population, plus the fact that the post-crisis employment bounce is concentrated in low-paying jobs.

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