R.I. November unemployment 3rd highest in New England

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island had the third-highest unemployment rate in New England in November at 3.6%, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Across the nation, unemployment rates rose in 12 states in November, fell in three states and Washington, D.C., and remain the same in 35 states from the month before, the agency reported Friday. Washington, D.C., and 36 states had lower jobless rates than they did in November 2021, the data showed. 

The national unemployment rate was 3.7% in November, up from 3.1% in September and 0.9 percentage points lower than in November 2021. 

The 3.7% national unemployment rate in November was unchanged from October but 0.5 percentage points lower than in November 2021. 

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Nevada had the highest unemployment rate in the country in November at 4.9%, while Utah had the lowest rate at 2.2%. 

New England unemployment rates in November:         

  • Connecticut: 4.2%, an increase from 4.3% in October but down from 5.2% a year ago.  
  • Maine: 3.7%, up from 3.6% in October but a decline from 4.2% year over year.    
  • Massachusetts: 3.4%, down from 3.5% in October and down from 4.8% one year prior.   
  • Rhode Island: 3.6%, an increase from 3.4% in October and down from 4.7% in November 2021. 
  • New Hampshire: 2.6%, up from 2.4% in October and a decline from 3.0% one year prior.    
  • Vermont: 2.5%, an increase from 2.3% in October and a decline from 3.1% year over year.