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Puerto Rico Struggling with Fewer People and Fewer Workers

Created on December 10, 2015

Puerto Rico Struggling with Fewer People and Fewer Workers


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Puerto Rico's population has declined by 273,000 since 2005, and the share of its working-age population with jobs or looking for jobs has dropped to around 50 percent.

Note: Labor force participation rate is for workers aged 15 to 64.Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, “Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Selected Age Groups by Sex for the United States, States, Counties and Puerto Rico Commonwealth and Municipios,” http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=bkmk (accessed July 21, 2015), and The World Bank, “Labor Force Participation Rate (% of Total Population Ages 15-64),” 2015, http://data.worldbank.org/ indicator/SL.TLF.ACTI.ZS?page=1 (accessed July 23, 2015).

CHART 1 • IB 4493

Tags: Puerto-Rico, Macri, medicaid