Rhode Island’s unemployment rate edged down slightly in November but still remains among the highest in the country.
Rhode Island’s jobless rate fell by two tenths of one percent in November -- from 9.2 percent to 9 percent. That’s two percent higher than the national rate and the highest in New England. Close to 50-thousand Rhode Islanders are actively looking for work. And to make matters worse, long-term unemployment benefits end December 28th because of congressional inaction.
Charlie Fogarty, director of the state Department of Labor and Training, tried to put a positive spin on the latest numbers.
"For the fourth consecutive month Rhode Island has gained jobs and that’s the first time in ten years that’s happened – that we’ve had four consecutive months of job growth. We’re not at the highest level of Rhode Island-based jobs in five years," said Fogarty.
The biggest job gains were reported in the food service and manufacturing sectors. Smaller but positive employment gains were also reported in health care, retail, information technology, wholesale trade and logging.
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