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RI's Sept., Oct. jobless rates to be released late

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Rhode Island's labor department expects to report both the September and October unemployment rates on a delayed schedule because of the recent federal government shutdown.

A delay in the planned Oct. 17 release of the September was previously announced. The October rate was to be released on Nov. 14.

But a spokeswoman for the Department of Labor and Training said Wednesday the rates for both months are now expected to be released on Nov. 21.

Laura Hart attributed the delay to the shutdown. She had said the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which ultimately calculates all state rates, was affected, along with Rhode Island's ability to access the needed employment data and programs.

Rhode Island's August jobless rate of 9.1 percent is the third highest in the country.