In a sign that Rhode Island finally, albeit slowly, is emerging from the recession, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped slightly in January to 9.8 percent, from 9.9 percent in December.
The good news is that January represented the third consecutive month of job growth in the state. Hiring was led by the retail and restaurant industries. The jobless rate has dropped considerably since the high of 11.9 percent in January, 2010.
A new analysis of labor data shows Rhode Island had a much stronger 3rd quarter than initially reported.
The state Department of labor and Training says there were 4900 more jobs during July, August and September of last year than previously estimated.
The number of Rhode Island-based jobs stood at 464,000, up 4900 from the official September 2012 estimate. The new estimate is basesd on the analysis of tax data from 32,000 businesses. The earlier estimate was based on a survey of businesses.
State health workers are in demand. A job fair Thursday, sponsored by the state’s Department of Labor and Training and department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals, advertised 50 open positions.
As Rhode Island servicemen and women return from the front lines, state officials are searching for better ways to make sure they have the jobs, education and the health services they need to integrate back into civilian life. A new report out of the state senate urges the state to do a better job connecting veterans with jobs and services.
The state counts more than 70,000 veterans living in Rhode Island, and unemployment numbers show they have a higher rate of joblessness than their civilian counterparts.
The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training says it is bringing back eleven previously laid off employees to help with the unemployment insurance call center.
Jobless Rhode Islanders have had to wait for hours, and in some cases days, to get a call through. The problem started in July when the Department was forced to lay off a third of its staffers due to reduced federal funding.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) Governor Lincoln Chafee says the latest jobless data shows Rhode Island’s economy is on the mend. But the unemployment rate is still in double digits and still the highest in New England.
Rhode Island’s unemployment rate went from 10.4 percent in November to 10.2 percent in December. But that’s not why the Governor called the news media to his office to trumpet the data. He’s energized by five key metrics used to calculate the jobless figure – all of which are moving in the right direction for only the second time in six years.