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Thu January 23, 2014

RI Unemployment Rate Inches Up to 9.1 Percent

Rhode Island’s jobless rate ticked up in December to land at 9.1 percent, that’s up from 9 percent in November.

During the late summer and fall, Rhode Island’s persistently high unemployment rate had been gradually ticking down. But the seasonally adjusted rate for December reverses that course, inching up one-tenth of a percentage point to 9.1 percent. 

In December, Rhode Island's labor force totaled 550,500.
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The DLT’s Donna Murray said overall, the state added jobs in 2013. “We always say whether things are good or bad one month does not make a trend,” said Murray, “and if we look over the long-term compared to last year our unemployment rate is down eight-tenths.”

Murray said job losses didn’t come from just one sector, but from a wide range of sectors.

As Rhode Island’s unemployment rate increased in December, the national rate dropped to 6.7 percent, down from 7-percent in November.

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