For years now, around one quarter of Puerto Ricans working in the United States have been linked to education. Its about 508,805 workers with functions associated to curricula and teaching.
However, that could change as the migration of Puerto Ricans to the United States expands.
The most recent data of the Puerto Rico Community Survey propose, for example, that during the last five years, the US industries in which Puerto Ricans have found the most jobs are construction, wholesales, transportation, and professional trades, such as those associated with medicine or engineering.
For example, between 2014 and 2015, the number of Puerto Ricans employed in the construction industry increased by 12%. On the other hand, the number of Puerto Ricans working in agricultural labor dropped by 16% during that same period.
Most of these jobs are in the private sector (82%). In fact, only 15% of Puerto Ricans in the US work with the government, and 3% are self-employed.
Between 2010 and 2015, a greater proportion of Puerto Ricans were working. That is, proportionally speaking, there are more Puerto Ricans in the US with jobs than before.
Just for illustration purposes, in 2010 it was estimated that 36% of Puerto Ricans in the Unites States was employed. This figure increased to 40% in 2015, according to data from the Census Bureau.
All this has caused the per capita income of Puerto Ricans in the US to rise from $16,568 to $19,356 in five years. This also extends to the data on the mean family income. Since 2010, this indicator has increased by 11%, according to data from the Puerto Rico Community Survey 2016.
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