R.I. has 3rd highest N.E. jobless rate in May despite quick decline from April

THE RHODE ISLAND unemployment rate decline of 0.5 percentage points month to month tied for the largest decline in the country in May. / AP FILE PHOTO/LYNNE SLADKY
THE RHODE ISLAND unemployment rate decline of 0.5 percentage points month to month tied for the largest decline in the country in May. / AP FILE PHOTO/LYNNE SLADKY
PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s 5.8% unemployment rate in May was the third-highest rate in New England, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Wednesday. The U.S. unemployment rate in May was also 5.8%, a decline from 6.1% in April and 13.3% in May 2020. The Ocean State’s unemployment rate declined from…

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  1. There have been an unprecedented amount of fraudulent unemployment claims in this state… How much of that percentage of unemployment has been verified as legitimate or takes into account those fraudulent claims? The number could be potentially lower if accurately accounted for.