RI unemployment rate falls to 9 pct. in November

RI unemployment rate falls to 9 percent in November; down from 9.2 percent previous month

Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Rhode Island's unemployment rate fell to 9 percent in November, down two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month.

The state Department of Labor and Training released the November jobs report on Thursday.

It says November's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 1 percentage point lower than in November previous year. It is two points higher than the national unemployment rate, which was 7 percent for November.

Rhode Island has had one of the highest unemployment numbers in the nation for years, ranking second highest behind Nevada in October.

The report says the number of non-farm jobs grew to 470,600 following four months of job growth. That's the highest number of jobs in the state since December 2008. The last time the state added jobs for four straight months was 2003.

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