Seven out of 10 Torreón workers earn less than 10,372 pesos per month, from those who do not receive a fixed income to the equivalent of two minimum wages, and according to the National Occupation and Employment Survey (ENOE) of INEGI for the third quarter of the year , this population increased compared to the same period in 2021.
Torreón, like Gómez Palacio, are among the municipalities in the country with the lowest average salary, which shows that in addition to generating jobs in the La Laguna area, it is necessary that they be better paid, with more competitive salaries.
According to data from the ENOE, workers who earn one to two minimum wages make up 46.1 percent of the employed population of Torreón, which is 555,469 inhabitants.
Another 2.4 percent corresponds to those who do not receive income, while another 23.4 percent corresponds to workers who earn the equivalent of a minimum wage, 172.87 pesos per day. The three groups represent 71.9 percent of the employed population.
In absolute numbers, the group of workers who receive one to two minimum wages per month fell from the third quarter of 2021 to the same period of the current year, going from 266,011 to 256,174 workers.
In contrast, the working population that receives a minimum wage rose considerably, since in the third quarter of 2021 it was 87,692 people and at the end of October of this year it grew to 130,184, that is, an increase of 48.5 percent.
While almost 70 percent of workers receive two or less monthly minimum wages, those who earn more than five minimum wages constitute the lowest proportion of the employed population, since they only represent 1.8 percent.
In fact, all wage levels above the parameter of two minimum wages showed a decrease in the number of workers: those who receive two to three minimum wages fell by 19.1 percent; from three to five salaries, decreased by 22 percent, while those who earn the equivalent of more than five minimum wages are 37.1 percent less compared to the third quarter of 2021.