SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Puerto Rico's credit rating to junk status.
The announcement Friday by the credit rating agency comes just days after Standard & Poor's cut the U.S. territory's debt to junk as well.
Moody's says its decision was based in part of not seeing sufficient economic growth to help reverse negative financial trends.
A spokeswoman for Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla did not immediately return a message for comment.
Puerto Rico is struggling with $70 billion in public debt and is preparing to re-enter the bond market this month.
The island of 3.67 million people has entered its eighth year in recession and faces a 15.4 percent unemployment rate, the highest compared with any U.S. state.