R.I. tied for highest unemployment rate in N.E. in Oct.

THE RHODE ISLAND unemployment rate was tied for the highest in New England as well as with the national average in October. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/TIM BOYLE
THE RHODE ISLAND unemployment rate was tied for the highest in New England as well as with the national average in October. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/TIM BOYLE

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island tied with Connecticut for the highest unemployment rate in New England in October at 3.6%, seasonally adjusted, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Tuesday.

The United States unemployment rate was also 3.6% in October.

There were eight states that had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier that the BLS determined to be statistically significant, including Maine and Vermont. It determined that three states had statistically-significant increases (none in New England), and 39 states and Washington, D.C., had little or no change, including the four other New England states, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

New England employment figures from October:

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  • Vermont had the lowest unemployment in the country at 2.2% for the month, a 0.4 percentage-point decline year over year. Vermont was one of two states in the region that had a year-over-year decline in its labor force.
  • The New Hampshire unemployment rate was 2.6%, a 0.2 percentage-point increase year over year. New Hampshire was the only state in New England to see an increase in the number of unemployed year over year.
  • Maine had an unemployment rate of 2.8% in October, a 0.7 percentage-point decline year over year, the largest such decline in the region. Maine was one of two states in New England to see a decline in labor force year over year.
  • The Massachusetts unemployment rate was 2.9% in October, a 0.2 percentage-point decline year over year.
  • Connecticut had a 3.6% unemployment rate for the month, a 0.2 percentage-point decline year over year.
  • Rhode Island had an unemployment rate of 3.6% in October, a 0.4 percentage-point decline year over year.
  • All six New England states experienced an increase in nonfarm payrolls year over year in October.

Read PBN’s detailed breakdown of Rhode Island’s October employment figures here.

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