R.I. still has 2nd-highest jobless rate in region despite sharp Y/Y decline

RHODE ISLAND tied for the second-largest percentage point decline in jobless rate in the nation in August, but still has one of the highest unemployment rates in New England. / AP FILE PHOTO/ELAINE THOMPSON
PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island continued to have the second-highest unemployment rate in New England in August at 5.8%, higher than the national rate of 5.2%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday. Rhode Island’s jobless rate in July was 5.7%, and 12.6% in August 2020. Despite the unemployment rate edging up in August month to…

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