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Mexico’s employment rate is low compared with other OECD countries. Women, youth and older workers in particular face many challenges in the labour market.
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Investment remains weak, dampening growth, formal job creation and wages.International rankings signal that while Mexico has made significant efforts, there is room to improve regulations at regional and local levels.
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Mexico has one of the highest rates of obesity in the OECD, as nearly one in three adults are obese.
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Raising cognitive and workplace skills of adults in Mexico is a multidimensional challenge which requires improving education at early stages of life, increasing the demand for higher skills in the labour market, and upskilling the adult population.
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While Mexico needs to increase investment in infrastructure, the government should be mindful of environmental impacts and international commitments.
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Informality remains high by international standards, estimated to involve 60% of all workers, and about one quarter of Mexico’s GDP.
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22% of Mexican youth were not in employment, education or training (NEET) in 2015, the fifth highest rate in the OECD.
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Mexico is highly vulnerable to the effects of a changing climate and exposed to hydro-meteorological events. Over the past 60 years, the amount of water available for each person has declined drastically due to climate change and population growth.
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Increasing productivity levels in small enterprises holds the potential to revive productivity growth and reduce income inequalities.
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Although many health indicators are improving in Mexico, the country has the lowest life expectancy in the OECD. This is due to unhealthy lifestyles with higher risk factors to health leading to chronic diseases and mortality, but also to persisting barriers of access to high-quality health care services.