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Mass exodus?

Some 27% of Puerto Ricans say they are thinking about leaving the island, according to a Caribbean Business/WOSO/Gaither Survey, reports Caribbean Business (June 23, 2006). The figure has dropped slightly from the 30.7% number in February, when the budget crisis erupted, causing massive layoffs among government employees, who represent 29% of the 1 million workforce. Those over 55 years of age were less likely to want to move, said Alexandra Suarez Carlo, director of syndicated research at Gaither. Those of higher-income levels were more likely to consider moving out, she noted. The poll also found that 37% of those with college degrees have considered moving out, while only 22% of those with lowest education levels (below high-school level) and 27% of those with high-school diplomas had. This "brain-drain" has been raising alarm for quite some time.
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Title Annotation:Puerto Ricans thinking about leaving the island
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Publication:Caribbean Update
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Date:Aug 1, 2006
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