Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, November 2013: Tied for Last

Rhode Island’s unemployment rate fell to 9.0% in November, but that wasn’t enough to keep the state from falling to status as tied for worst.  According to the statistics published by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 1,044 more Rhode Islanders reported being employed than did the month before, and 130 more people reported that they’re either working or looking for work.

As the first chart below illustrates, the state has gotten at least a one-month reprieve from its precipitous drop in employment, which may keep the Ocean State from crossing some worrisome thresholds before the end of the year, such as having fewer people in the labor force than were employed in January 2007.

The second post gives a view of the state’s small improvements in the context of its great distance from peak employment.



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