Latest Unemployment Numbers Rank RI Last Among New England States

Apr 18, 2017

 The New England office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Rhode Island had the highest unemployment rate in the region last year.

According to the BLS, the national unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in 2016, and as a whole, New England reported better numbers, with an average unemployment rate of 4.1 percent. But Rhode Island was the worst performer in the region with a 5.3 percent unemployment rate.

Meanwhile, New Hampshire was one of the better performing states regionally and nationally, boasting an unemployment rate of 2.8 percent.

In a statement, Gov. Gina Raimondo’s office touted a 4.5 percent unemployment rate reported by the BLS for the month of February. Raimondo’s office claims it’s the lowest jobless rate since May 2001.