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Hermosillo Among Hardest Hit Mexican Capitals Economically During Pandemic

The economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic in Mexico has been especially severe in Hermosillo, the capital of Sonora.

Hermosillo lost more than 200 businesses and nearly 8,000 jobs through August, according to analysisdone by the civil society group Hermosillo ¿Cómo Vamos?

Among Mexican capital cities, Hermosillo had the fourth-largest loss of formal jobs and businesses, according to the group’s director Ernesto Urbina.

The figures do not include informal jobs and businesses, which are significant and have been heavily impacted during the pandemic.

While clarifying that they were simply hypotheses, Urbina suggested that the relatively weak economy in Sonora prior to the pandemic could be a factor behind the more significant losses seen.

Its heavy dependence on export manufacturing, especially automotive manufacturing, could also be at play, he said.

Born and raised in the Intermountain West, Murphy Woodhouse has called southern Arizona home for most of the last decade. He’s one of two field correspondents at KJZZ’s Hermosillo bureau, where his reporting focuses on the trade relationship between Arizona, Sonora and the rest of Mexico.Before joining the station, Murphy was a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star and the Nogales International. Prior to his reporting career, he completed a master’s degree at the University of Arizona’s Center for Latin American Studies and did three wildfire seasons with the Snake River Hotshots. He’s a proud graduate of the University of Montana’s School of Journalism.When he’s not reporting, Murphy is often out in the woods running or riding singletrack, or swinging in a hammock with a book.