BLS: R.I. avg. 2017 unemployment declines, employment-population ratio ticks up

RHODE ISLAND 2017 UNEMPLOYMENT rate average declined 0.7 percentage points year over year to 4.5 percent. / COURTESY BLS
THE RHODE ISLAND AVERAGE UNEMPLOYMENT rate declined 0.7 percentage points year over year to 4.5 percent in 2017. / COURTESY BLS
PROVIDENCE – The average unemployment rate in Rhode Island in 2017 was 4.5 percent, a 0.7 percentage point decline from the state’s 2016 average rate, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2017 Average Annual Summary report released Tuesday. In 2017, annual average unemployment rates declined in 32 states, were unchanged in 18 states…
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