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Puerto Rico Planning Board unveils online data tools

The Planning Board is adding new components to its website.

The Planning Board is adding new components to its website.

The Puerto Rico Planning Board announced a new set of tools available through its website designed to facilitate access to statistical data — at no charge — that measure the performance of the island’s economy.

The agency said this is the first time it is making such historical data of the components of the economy available online, among which are the following:

Multiplier — a job multiplier that estimates the employment generated for every $1 million invested in an industry. It is available to calculate employment in five sectors, namely: construction, services, agriculture, manufacturing, and government.

Economic indicators (last 12 years to present) — provides statistics on labor force, employment and unemployment, tourism, construction, electricity, General Fund net revenues, foreign trade, bankruptcies per chapter, retail sales, consumer price index, and monthly average retail gasoline prices.

Statistical Appendix (1989 to present) — this contains the island’s socioeconomic figures

Economic Report to the Governor (1953 to present) — contains essays on various aspects of the economy of Puerto Rico, the U.S. mainland and the world.

“In our commitment to transparency and availability of official government statistics, we’re making available to all citizens, investors and bondholders all data measuring the economic activity of a country,” Planning Board President Luis García-Pelatti said.

The page also offers access to several government-generated publications such as: Foreign Trade, Balance of Payment, Balance of Trade by Country, Selected Statistics of the Construction Industry, External Trade and Income.

García-Pelatti also said the page will soon include a Municipal Data Center through Base Geographic Database System containing more than 200 variables by municipality.

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