State Unemployment Numbers Unavailable Until Government Shutdown Ends

Oct 11, 2013

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 17th because of the partial government shutdown.

Department spokeswoman Laura Hart said the Census Bureau collects data that is used to calculate the state jobless rate.

"Rhode Island unemployment numbers are dependent on the national numbers. So we cannot calculate the Rhode Island numbers until we have the national numbers. We don’t have the national numbers yet," said Hart.

Rhode Island’s August unemployment rate was 9.1 percent, the third highest in the country.

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