I was perusing the The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2010 and found some interesting statistics about Puerto Rico. As your reading these numbers, think about what some of them mean and how they influence our current situation.
- Population density: 1,129
- Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $88 billion
- Employment distribution:
- 30.8% Government
- 17.2% trade/transportation/utilities
- 10.1% professional/business services
- 9.8% education/health
- 7.0% liesure/hospitality
- 6.7% construction
- 4.7% finance
- Unemployment (2008) 11.5%
- Per capita income (est 2006): $12,997
- total sales: $364 million
- Profit: $126 million
- Federal civilian employees: 11,308
- Energy production: 23.8 billion kilowatt-hours
There's a lot to chew on here, but these are the ones that always jump out at me:
- Our population density is higher than any state in the United States; the simple fact is that we have too many people living here.
- Our largest employer is the governement; nearly double the next closest category.
- While we hear a lot of bitching and moaning about tourism, it only represents 7% of our GDP. You wouldn't believe how much of our budget goes towards supporting this 7%.
- Our umemployment is high, but this doesn't include all of the people who aren't looking for "real" jobs. Since our black market is so lucrative, many choose to remain off the books.
- Since many people are generating their revenues off of the books our per capita income looks surprisingly low. Don't believe it.
- Finally, our lottery systems generate $126 million in profits annually. Where does all that profit go?