US Census Bureau http://ripr.org en State Unemployment Numbers Unavailable Until Government Shutdown Ends http://ripr.org/post/state-unemployment-numbers-unavailable-until-government-shutdown-ends <p>Rhode Islanders will have to wait a little longer this month to find out what the September unemployment rate was. The state Department of Labor and Training says the data will not be released as scheduled on October 17<sup>th</sup> because of the partial government shutdown.</p><p>Department spokeswoman Laura Hart said the Census Bureau collects data that is used to calculate the state jobless rate.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:27:06 +0000 Flo Jonic 23069 at http://ripr.org State Unemployment Numbers Unavailable Until Government Shutdown Ends Census Finds RI has Highest Poverty Rate in New England http://ripr.org/post/census-finds-ri-has-highest-poverty-rate-new-england <p>The U.S. Census Bureau’s latest data contain mixed signals about the state of Rhode Island’s economy.&nbsp;&nbsp; The median income climbed by double digits but the state still has the highest poverty rate in the region.</p><p>While Rhode Island’s median household income climbed 14 percent from 2011 to 2012, the state remained stuck with the highest poverty rate in New England. Thirteen-point-six percent of all residents are living below the federal poverty level. Second is Maine at 12.8 percent.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 18:45:28 +0000 Flo Jonic 21871 at http://ripr.org Census Finds RI has Highest Poverty Rate in New England