Like the national unemployment rate, Rhode Island’s jobless rate rose slightly in May.
Rhode Island’s unemployment rate rose to 8.9 percent in May – up one tenth of a percentage point from the April rate. It was the first month-over-month increase in the state’s un employment rate in almost two years.
The number of unemployed Rhode Islanders – those classified as available for and actively seeking work – was 49,600 – up 200 from the April figure. Over the year, however, the number of unemployed has fallen by almost ten thousand.