“The Bureau of Labor Statistics in August estimated U.S. workers’ average hourly earnings clocked in at $25.73….

…Average hourly earnings of those in retail sat at $17.92 in August, while leisure and hospitality workers brought in just $14.39 per hour. These workers collectively account for nearly 70 percent of the country’s lowest-wage earners.”

Meanwhile, the US-imposed Puerto Rican Fiscal Board is considering reducing the hourly minimum wage in Puerto Rico to $4.25. The cost of living in Puerto Rico is higher than in the United States in Utilities, Mortgage Interest rates, but yet salaries are almost 100% lower in Puerto Rico (96% higher in the US). No wonder Puerto Ricans are leaving the island in unprecedented numbers.

data from http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_countries_result.jsp?country1=Puerto+Rico&country2=United+States

Salaries

PR = $1,456.48 month US = $2,856.42 month 

+96.12 % higher in US

Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly

PR = 4.94% US = 3.96%     -19.66 % higher in PR

Utilities (Monthly)

Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment

PR = $194.65 US = $146.28 $     -24.85 % higher in PR

1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) PR = $0.14 US = $0.11      -16.11 % higher in PR