In another interesting post from the Puerto Rico Sun, Clarisel brings this resource to the attention of her readers. I've heard that most of the movers in Puerto Rico have been working non-stop for some time now. As was seen in previous economic down turns in Puerto Rico, many families are leaving PR in search of better job opportunities in the main land U.S. So this observation by the National Institute for Latino Policy doesn't surprise me.
In my opinion, this is a trend that will continue until the Puerto Rico economy reaches some type of equilibrium between the number of jobs available and the number of people willing to work. If you ask me, this is one of the fundamental problems with the PR economy, not enough jobs to sustain the population. There just aren't enough companies and no amount of economic development is going to change that.
On Latino Policy (from prsun.blogspot.com)
The National Institute for Latino Policy recently provided some interesting information on Puerto Ricans stateside and how the stateside population continues to outnumber those living on the island.
Here's an excerpt of an entry from the Institute July 14 bi-monthly newsletter, edited by Angelo Falcon:
Puerto Rican Population StatesideInteresting question. What do PRSUN readers think?
Continues to Exceed that of Puerto Rico
In 2004, the Atlas of Stateside Puerto Ricans documented for the first time the stateside Puerto Rican population exceeded that of Puerto Rico in 2003 by 163,246. The latest statistics from the Census Bureau, from the 2006 American Community Survey (ACS), estimates that this gap has grown: in 2006 there were 3,987,947 Puerto Ricans living stateside compared to 3,745,007 in Puerto Rico, meaning that there are 242,940 more Puerto Ricans stateside than in Puerto Rico. Does this development have implications for the politics and policy issues of the Puerto Rican community as a whole?
Anyway, if you are interested in Puerto Rican and Latino policy issues, the Institute's bi-monthly e-newsletter is a wonderful resource. It regularly features items related to Puerto Ricans.
Go to www.latinopolicy.org to subscribe.
By the way, the National Institute for Latino Policy was formerly known as the Institute for Puerto Rican Policy. It changed its name as a way of better representing policy issues impacting Latinos.
The National Institute for Latino Policy is a independent nonprofit and nonpartisan policy center established in 1982 to address Latino issues.
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