Thus, today, Puerto Rico's major problem is the lack of jobs for an expanding population and the rate of economic improvement. History. In other words, Puerto Rico’s social and political problems are rooted in the territorial government’s dependency on the economic policies of the US federal government. Puerto Rico's fragile economy is facing an uncertain future after the island's governor rejected a settlement announced late Sunday with bondholders … It has … Puerto Ricans, already suffering under economic austerity measures and the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in 2017, took to the streets. Economic hardships. Felix Salmon writes:. Annual economic growth fell by roughly 7.5 percent overall between 2004 and 2019, while Puerto Rico’s population shrunk by more than 16 percent. Puerto Rico's economy prior to the arrival of Spaniards was based on hunting and gathering with agriculture. “Structural problems, economic shocks and weak public finances have yielded a … Puerto Rico’s economic activity has been slipping for nearly a decade. Is there any hope for Puerto Rico … In September 2017, these economic problems worsened with the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria, which will require extensive rebuilding. Enrollment in Puerto Rico’s elementary schools and high schools has declined 40% over the past decade, the report said. Puerto Rico is now shrinking at a 6% annual pace, and that number is probably going to get worse before it gets better. Ed Morales talks with Intelligencer about Ricardo Rosselló, Wanda Vázquez, Donald Trump, Hurricane Maria, and the roots of Puerto Rico’s problems in colonialism and the debt crisis. The population decline has included young people. Puerto’s economy is defined by imbalances. Puerto Rico’s problems stem from its unique status as a Carribbean emerging market economy that is also a U.S. territory. How Puerto Rico's Debt Created A Perfect ... the policy director for the nonprofit Center for a New Economy in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico Economic Growth The economy is set to recover mildly in FY 2021 (July 2020–June 2021), as growth is not expected until the second half of the year due to lingering uncertainty over the evolution of the pandemic and its associated measures weighing on activity. Moreover, recurrent earthquakes pose a downside risk to the outlook. Puerto Rico has lots of debt – $70 billion and counting – but a tiny economy of only $ 103 billion, an aging population, and a rapidly disappearing labor force. It started in 2006 when the economy took a hard blow after federal tax breaks for U.S. manufacturing firms in the U.S. were eliminated, resulting in the departure of major businesses on the island.