SAN JUAN, Puer­to Rico — Union lead­ers scuf­fled with police out­side the gov­er­nor’s man­sion Tues­day dur­ing a protest against mass lay­offs of pub­lic work­ers in this U.S. ter­ri­to­ry, which has a job­less rate high­er than any U.S. state.

The group of about 30 demon­stra­tors briefly strug­gled with dozens of police in riot gear on cob­ble­stone streets out­side Gov. Luis For­tuno’s res­i­dence in La For­t­aleza, a pow­der-blue man­sion where Puer­to Rico’s gov­er­nors have ruled since the 17th cen­tu­ry.

Author­i­ties said no arrests were made, and no injuries were report­ed. The pro­test­ers dis­persed after the clash.

Puer­to Rico’s gov­ern­ment announced Fri­day that mass lay­offs were cru­cial to help close a $3.2 bil­lion deficit as the Caribbean island strug­gles through its third year of reces­sion and a 15 per­cent unem­ploy­ment rate.

Some 8,000 pub­lic work­ers were fired in May and the gov­ern­ment said Fri­day that an addi­tion­al 16,970 would lose their jobs. Most work­ers will be laid off Nov. 6 in a move expect­ed to save $386 mil­lion.

Union lead­ers are call­ing for an island-wide strike for Oct. 15 to protest the lay­offs.

Also Tues­day, a demon­stra­tor threw an egg at For­tuno as he stood at a podi­um dur­ing a pub­lic event in the coastal city of Fajar­do. The man, who missed the gov­er­nor, was detained and police were con­sult­ing with pros­e­cu­tors on pos­si­ble charges.

For­tuno and oth­er top offi­cials, includ­ing Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Anto­nio Sagar­dia and Police Super­in­ten­dent Jose Figueroa San­cha, called for calm.

“We are at a tense moment in Puer­to Rico. Jour­nal­ists, the police, the union lead­ers, we all have to cool down,” Figueroa said dur­ing a radio inter­view. “We are all Puer­to Rican and we live on the same island.”