Before COVID-19 shutdown, Providence metro unemployment rate rises to 4.9% in March

THE PROVIDENCE METRO unemployment rate rose to 4.9% in mid-March, prior to the shutdown on nonessential businesses in the area due to COVID-19. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM
THE PROVIDENCE METRO unemployment rate rose to 4.9% in mid-March, prior to the shutdown on nonessential businesses in the area due to COVID-19. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM
PROVIDENCE – The nonseasonally adjusted jobless rate in the Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area increased 0.9 percentage points year over year to 4.9% in March,  the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Wednesday. The figure is a snapshot of economic conditions in the first half of March, the BLS noted, prior to many of the major shutdowns…

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