RI jobless rate up for first time since Dec. 2009

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island's unemployment rate ticked up slightly last month. The uptick marks the first increase in the state's jobless rate since last December.

According to the state Department of Labor and training, unemployment went from 11.4 percent in October to 11.6 percent in November. That's still nearly a full percentage point behind last November, when the state's jobless rate stood at 12.5 percent.

The largest decline came in the construction industry, which shed 400 jobs. The manufacturing sector and the arts, entertainment and recreation industry lost 200 jobs.

Rhode Island's unemployment rate is nearly two percentage point above the national average, which stands at 9.8 percent.

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