Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, July 2012

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Rhode Island’s unemployment rate fell a tenth of a point in July, to 10.8%, still second only to Nevada.  But the results are far from positive; they aren’t even “mixed.”  More people lost their jobs, and even more gave up looking for work.

The first chart below shows the trends in labor force (employed and looking for work) and employment since the beginning of the recession in January 2007.  The second chart shows the labor force and employment pictures for Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut as each state’s current percentage of January 2007.

Rhode Island Labor Force and Employment, January 2007 to July 2012



RI, MA, and CT Labor Force and Employment, July 2012 Percentage of January 2007


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