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Thousands file for unemployment in Puerto Rico as businesses struggle after Maria

MiamiHerald / – Waiting in line at the unemployment office, Pedro Ferrao listed all the things he had lost in the hurricane.

“My kitchen, my carpet, my bed, my couch, my clothes. My personal stuff. My shoes. Everything,” he said.

But the most devastating loss has been his job at a San Juan grocery store, which closed after Hurricane Maria wiped out Puerto Rico’s power grid. Without his regular income, Ferrao has been unable to buy enough food and water for his family or find formula for his infant daughter, who was born ten days after the storm.

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