R.I.’s Sept. unemployment rate third highest in New England

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island tied Massachusetts for the third-highest unemployment rate in New England in September at 2.6% and remained below the national rate of 3.8%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

Across the nation in September, unemployment rates were higher in 16 states compared to the previous month and stable in 34 states and Washington, D.C.  

Twenty-four states had lower jobless rates than they did in September 2022, the data showed. Ten states and Washington, D.C., had jobless rate increases from a year earlier.  

The national unemployment rate of 3.8% in September was unchanged from August but was 0.3 percentage point higher than September 2022. 

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Nevada had the highest unemployment rate in the country in September at 5.4%, while Maryland had the lowest at 1.6%. 

New England unemployment rates in September: 

  • Connecticut: 3.5%, same as August but down from 4% in August 2022 
  • Maine: 2.7%, up from 2.5% in August but down from 3.% in September 2022 
  • Rhode Island: 2.6%, down from 2.7% in August and 3.4% in September 2022 
  • Massachusetts: 2.6%, same as August but down from 3.7% a year earlier 
  • New Hampshire: 2%, up from 1.8% in August but down from 2.8% a year earlier 
  • Vermont: 1.9%, up from 1.8% in August but down from 3% in September 2022.