RI unemployment 3rd highest in nation

Providence, RI – Rhode Island continues to have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and is one of only a handful of states with a jobless rate still in the double digits.

At 10.9 percent, Rhode Island has the third highest unemployment rate in the country, according to data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Only Nevada and California had higher unemployment rates in May. Coming in 4th was Michigan at 10.3 percent. No other states reported unemployment in the double digits.

North Dakota reported the lowest jobless rate, 3.2 percent followed by Nebraska, New Hampshire and South Dakota which were all less than five percent. Neighboring Massachusetts comes in at 7.6 percent, down slightly from April and well below the national unemployment rate of 9.1 percent.

The Bureau says the highest regional unemployment rates in May were in the West while the Northeast and Midwest recorded the lowest rates.

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