R.I.’s December unemployment rate the highest in New England

THE RHODE ISLAND unemployment rate of 8.1% in December was the highest in New England. / AP FILE PHOTO/PAUL SAKUMA

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island unemployment rate of 8.1% in December remained above the national unemployment rate of 6.7%, and was highest in New England, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Tuesday.

The highest unemployment rate in the nation was in Hawaii and Nevada at 9.3% and 9.2%, respectively. Nebraska and South Dakota had the lowest rates in December at 3% each.

New England unemployment figures in December:

  • Rhode Island: 8.1%, a rise from 7.3% in November and 3.5% one year prior.
  • Connecticut: 8%, a decline from 8.2% in November and a rise from 3.8% one year prior
  • Massachusetts: 7.4%, a rise from 6.7% in November and 2.8% one year prior
  • Maine: 4.9%, level with November and a rise from 3% one year prior
  • New Hampshire: 4%, a rise from 3.9% in November and 2.6% one year prior
  • Vermont: 3.1%, arise from 3% in November and 2.4% one year prior

Read PBN full breakdown of Rhode Island’s December employment figures here.

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