According to the latest study by the National Council of the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL), in Baja California the poverty rate dropped from 22.5% to 13.4% between 2020 and 2022, endorsing the social policy by the current administration led by Marina del Pilar.
In addition, the number of people in extreme poverty in the state fell from 1.5% to 1.3%, which keeps the state way below the national average in this rate, reflecting that the level of lives of Baja Californians stands out among all the states in Mexico.
According to different indicators reviewed by CONEVAL, between 2020 and 2022, Baja California also showed significant progress regarding education lag, providing social security to citizens, the quality and quantity of home spaces, access to basic services, and access to nutritious diets.
In addition, it was reported that coordinated work between the state administration and the business sector also decreased the number of people who were earning below the extreme poverty line, dropping from 5.2% to 2.8%. Regarding poverty at large, there are also less citizens in it, as it dropped from 30.4% to 18.8%. This means that the most recent studies confirm that in Baja California, the population at large earns more than in 2020 and this means there is less poverty, and this is confirmed by the proper authorities.
In addition, Marina del Pilar said that besides CONEVAL, the Mexican Institute of Competitiveness (IMCO) announced that Baja California has shown an improvement regarding wages and labor formality, as it averages out to 12,000 monthly pesos, which places the state 2nd place nationwide and 1st place in the northern border.
On the other hand, labor informality in Baja California is the 4th lowest nationwide, with 37.8%, as there are more than 42,000 employers registered in the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS). Thanks to this, the state unemployment rate, all the way up to May 2023, is the lowest in Mexico's northern border with 2.4%.
For his part, the Secretary of Economy and Innovation, Kurt Ignacio Honold Morales, stated that regarding equality of opportunities between men and women, Baja California is placed 3rd nationwide with an income gender gap of 10.3%, according to IMCO.
"In Baja California, we continue promoting inclusive policies and training so that all workers have the proper skills in the labor market. This is why the Government of Baja California and the Secretariat of Economy reaffirm their commitment to work together with different industries to consolidate a fairer society for the wellbeing of everyone," Honold Morales concluded.
In addition, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) revealed that Baja California is 3rd place nationwide in home income improvement. In 2022, there was an average of 88,912 pesos per trimester, well above the 63,985 pesos that is the national average. Compared to 2020, home income improved by 15%, according to this report by INEGI, in 2022.
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