Puerto Rico's Shaky Economy Causes Mass Exodus

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“This is a worrisome picture for Puerto Rico,” said Deepak Lamba-Nieves, a research director at San Juan’s Center of the New Economy think tank, “And you have all these other problems like crime. You are bound to see people looking for opportunities elsewhere.”

Last week, the government dealt with a national embarrassment after the family which starred in a TV ad promoting investment in the island joined the exodus to the United States. 

A spokeswoman for the Department of Economic Development and Commerce would not comment on the family’s departure, but a brief statement said, “The economic situation that many families are going through, after nearly a decade of economic contraction, is a sad reality. The government will not rest until that changes.” 

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