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The month of August saw an overall increase in both Cement Sales and Production with a total of 1,328.6 pounds sold and 789 pounds produced. These figures from Puerto Rico’s Economic Development Bank represent the highest of 2022, barring June of the same year. Compared to July 2022, Cement Sales saw a 19% increase (212.4 pounds); Production saw a 7% increase (50.2 pounds). When contrasting...
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In July 2022, Puerto Rico’s total energy consumption reached 1,514.5KWh. This shows a 1.68% increment when compared to July 2021’s total consumption. When compared to June 2022’s consumption, there is only a 1.28% increment in July 2022’s total consumption. Overall, Puerto Rico’s total energy consumption has seen significant changes. This despite its changes in prices, given that the continued growth in energy costs in the...
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Inflation for July 2022 increased by 7.15% when compared to prices in July 2021. The industries that mainly absorbed this year-over-year increase in their prices were Transportation (14.4%), Food and Beverages (9.1%), Other goods and services (4.5%), Housing (3.1%), Education and Communication (3.0%), Recreation (2.2%), Medical Care (1.6%), and Apparel (1.6%).   As for comparison in behavior with June 2022’s prices (month-over-month change), the index...
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A pesar del dinamismo que aun exhibe la economía hasta julio, según las lecturas más recientes del Índice de Actividad Económica (IAE), el panorama para los próximos meses parece incierto. El IAE exhibe los niveles mas altos alcanzados de noviembre del 2016, y el empleo se encuentra a niveles históricamente altos, con 911,000 personas empleadas, y una tasa de desempleo de 5.9%. Sin embargo, eventos...
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Total employment for Puerto Rico in July 2022 reached 1,090,000,000. This in comparison to July 2021’s total employment, shows an increment of 36,000 or 3.42%. However, when compared to June 2022’s total employment, which was at 1,108,000, a decrease of 18,000 or 1.63%. The current participation rate is at 42.2%. This has been gradually decreasing in the past few months. However, positively speaking, the current...
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Export in Puerto Rico totaled $6billion for the month of June 2022, which implies an increase of $1.1billion or 23% when compared to exports reported for June 2021. Imports also show an increase when compared to figures reported on the previous year, totaling $4.6billion for June 2022. This shows a $230million or a 5% increase compared to June 2021. However, when considering changes in exports...
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The Economic Activity Index (EAI) for the month of June stood at 124.3 in June, a 2.3% increase compared to the same month last year, according to data from the Economic Development Bank (BDE, for its Spanish acronym). However, the Index level in June is the lowest in seven months.When compared to the month of May, the IAE fell 0.6%, the second month-over-month drop in...
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US Retail Sales for July totaled $682.82 billion, a 10.3% increase compared to July 2021, but remain flat (0%) compared to June 2022 which totaled $682.56 billion. Excluding autos and auto parts, retail sales rose 0.4% in July. Lower gas prices likely freed up money for people to spend elsewhere. Gasoline sales slid 1.8%, reflecting the drop in pump prices. Consumer spending accounts for nearly...
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Ante la crisis de vivienda en Puerto Rico, en la cual muchos jóvenes y profesionales no encuentran hogar, en Inteligencia Económica realizamos un análisis para estudiar la situación de la vivienda vacante en Puerto Rico. Como parte de este análisis hemos encontrado que en Puerto Rico hay un total de 1,563,129 hogares mientras 343,888 de las mismas están vacantes. Esto quiere decir que, en Puerto...
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El balance comercial entre la República Dominicana y Puerto Rico (datos de la Direccion General de Aduanas dominicana) favorece en gran medida a RD– las exportaciones dominicanas son principalmente comestibles con el rubro principal siendo la línea tarifaria 170199 de azúcar (sucrosa) químicamente pura procesada de caña refinada – lo que representa entre un quinto a un cuarto del valor total de exportaciones dependiendo del año....
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A finales del 2023, Inteligencia Económica Inc. público un reporte comisionado por el Centro Unido de Detallistas (CUD) con importantes recomendaciones en torno al estado situacional de las PYMES. Este reporte fue entregado a la Junta de Supervisión Fiscal (JSF) y a los representantes del gobierno de Puerto Rico para provocar una política pública a favor de este importante sector que representa el 52% del...
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El mercado de vivienda sigue caliente y afectado por un desbalance entre la oferta y la demanda. Los datos de OCIF indican que en el 2019 se vendieron 10,837 casas de las cuáles, solo 1,473 eran casas nuevas, mientras que para el 2021, se vendieron 13,284 casas, y 1,019 eran casas nuevas, mientras que la diferencia eran casas existentes.Sin embargo, para el 2022 y 2023,...
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Los economistas que atienden temas como ciclos electorales – y el vínculo entre la política fiscal con el ciclo electoral – han establecido una relación de hecho con el presupuesto público y la conveniencia temporal de la cercanía del día del balotaje. En parte por esta realidad se le da independencia a la política monetaria y la institución (los bancos centrales) que la manejan.La ley...
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