More Jobs Than Employees

9 years 4 months 4 days ago May 24, 2007 May 24, 2007 Thursday, May 24 2007 Thursday, May 24, 2007 6:20:37 PM CDT in News
The city's main industry was dying. But jobs are now more plentiful than employees in Mexico.

Construction workers smooth the foundation for a new museum. The museum will house the history of what was once the economic foundation for Mexico... firebricks.

"The firebrick impact was huge. We had two manufacturing facilities and headquarters of firebrick companies here in Mexico, at times probably five, six, seven, eight thousand employees at their peak," said Bruce Oliver of the firebrick museum.

After that peak, jobs in Mexico got scarce. A.P. Green closed its doors in 2002 and its employees were out of work.

"They looked for other jobs. They went to work at other employers here in Mexico and the surrounding area," said Oliver. But times have changed in Mexico.

"We've seen 33 projects in the last five years that have created 1,800 jobs," said Dave Boone, the Mexico economic development director.

Unemployment rates are and Mexico's economy is solid. In fact, the city has more jobs than employees to fill them.

The city will have a job fair next month to show off all the opportunities in Mexico. The city is still trying to draw more employers to town. It keeps a list of available buildings on its website--including some of the old A.P. Green firebrick factory.

Reported by: Sarah Keeven

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