Providence metro unemployment ticked down in Dec.

THE NON-SEASONALLY-ADJUSTED unemployment rate in the Providence metropolitan area declined 0.1 percentage points year over year. / COURTESY BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS
THE NON-SEASONALLY-ADJUSTED unemployment rate in the Providence metropolitan area declined 0.1 percentage points year over year. / COURTESY BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

PROVIDENCE – The non-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in the Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area declined 0.1 percentage points year over year to 4.1 percent in December, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Tuesday.

The BLS said that unemployment rates were lower in December in 314 out of the 338 metropolitan areas in the country, higher in 61 areas and unchanged in 13 areas. The national non-seasonally-adjusted jobless rate in December was 3.9 percent, a decline from 4.5 percent a year earlier.

The labor force in the Providence metro was a non-seasonally-adjusted 681,598 in December, an increase of 6,348 civilians year over year. The number of unemployed declined by 286 year over year to 28,101.

Nonfarm employment, also non-seasonally adjusted, in the metro area rose 4,800 year over year to 591,700 in December, a 0.8 percent increase.

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In the New Bedford metro area, the non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in December, a 0.5 percentage point increase year over year. The labor force in the area increased by 1,709 while the number of unemployed rose 517 year over year. Nonfarm employment in the New Bedford metro rose 1,900 year over year to 70,900.

The Rhode Island non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in December, a 0.3 percentage point decline from December 2016. The BLS reported that the labor force in December was 555,753, an increase of 5,557 civilians in the workforce year over year. The number of unemployed in the state declined by 1,073 to 23,580. Nonfarm employment in Rhode Island for the month was 499,000, an increase of 5,600 workers year over year, a 1.1 percent increase.