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New Data: Sonoran Businesses Took Major Hit During Pandemic

New  datashows that businesses have taken a major hit during the pandemic in neighboring Sonora.

Roughly one in five formal Sonoran businesses that were open in 2019 closed by the fall of 2020, according to Mexico’s national statistics and geography institute ( INEGI). For informal businesses, which account for a sizable portion of the Mexican economy, that figure was roughly one in four. Both were above the national averages.

New businesses also started in Sonora during the same period, but the growth rate was one of the slowest among Mexico’s 32 states.

Countrywide, slightly over 1 million businesses closed between the spring of 2019 and the fall of 2020, with another 620,000 opening, an overall drop of just over 8%.

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.