The desperation is indeed growing …. and will continue to grow! This needs to be fixed!! Now ….
The hands of Leonel de Jesús Ubiles are hardened with years of work. His entire life has been spent lifting and carrying, welding and hammering, and sweating in the hot Caribbean sun. It is not easy being a construction worker in Toa Baja, especially when you are 57 years old. But for Ubiles it became much worse, when he became unemployed.
The “official” unemployment rate in Puerto Rico is hovering at around 14 percent, but the real unemployment is closer to 25 percent. Youth unemployment is “officially” at 27 percent, but in reality it is close to 50 percent. The island’s poverty rate of 45% is higher than any state in America, and the per capita income of $16,560 is roughly half that of Mississippi, the poorest state in the US.
Despite all this – thanks to an 11.5 percent sales tax, and water rates rising by 67%, and gasoline…
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