R.I. unemployment rate second highest in N.E. in May

RHODE ISLAND'S 16.3% unemployment rate in May was among the highest in New England. / AP FILE PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE
RHODE ISLAND'S 16.3% unemployment rate in May was among the highest in New England. / AP FILE PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE
PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s 16.3% unemployment rate in May was the second highest in New England, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday. The Ocean State’s unemployment rate declined from an adjusted 18.1% in April, the peak of COVID-19-related shutdowns, but increased 12.7 percentage points year over year, the second-highest percentage-point rise in the…

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