Rhode Island’s unemployment rate is headed in the wrong direction.
Rhode Island’s unemployment rate increased from 8.9 percent in July to 9.1 percent in August. At the same time the national unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.3 percent.
The number of unemployed residents is 50,100 – up 800 from July. Over the year, however, the number of unemployed has fallen by about eight thousand.