Since Republican and pro-statehood governor Luis Fortuño entered office in January 2009, Puerto Rico has fluctuated between an unemployment rate of 13.1% (the first month of Fortuño’s administration) and 17.3% (April 2010). This is the first time since 2010 where the rate has decreased for a least two months in a row.
A more detailed look at the December job figures confirm the following:
- Public sector jobs continue to account for roughly 30% of all the jobs in Puerto Rico.
- Public sector jobs are still one of the largest-growing sectors on the island.
- Tourism jobs continue to decrease.
- Although construction jobs increased, manufacturing jobs on the island continue decrease, more than any other sector on the island.