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Puerto Rico's Daunting Job Market Has Weary Workers Surrendering

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Puerto Rico Struggles With Loss Two Weeks After Hurricane As Tourism Workers Are Rushing to Fill Recovery Jobs
Photographer: Xavier Garcia/Bloomberg

If Adalberto Perez’s five children are to thrive in storm-wracked Puerto Rico, he needs a job.

His applications at restaurants where he could cook -- anything from mofongo to moo goo gai pan -- have gone unanswered. He spent a full day waiting on a freelance cabinet-repair gig that never materialized. By the time he arrived at the San Juan unemployment office, he was despondent.