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Sonora Sees Significant February Jobs Growth

Sonora, Arizona’s neighbor to the south, saw significant job growth in February.

The state added more than 27,000 formal jobs last month, the largest month-to-month figure in the country, Social Security head Zoé Robledo told state officials, according to a release. January also saw a sizable rise of roughly 12,000 positions, according to federal  data.

The latest jump puts the state slightly above where it was in February 2020, the month before the first coronavirus case was confirmed in Sonora and heavy business restrictions went into effect. The monthly jobs figure then fell for six straight months before a fall rebound that was ultimately reversed by the winter’s second wave.

The figures do not include informal jobs, which are a significant part of the Mexican workforce and have been much more volatile during the pandemic.

Murphy Woodhouse was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2018 to 2023.