R.I. unemployment was 2nd highest in N.E. in June

THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE in Rhode Island declined 0.4 percentage points year over year to 3.6% in June, the second highest rate in New England. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE in Rhode Island declined 0.4 percentage points year over year to 3.6% in June, the second highest rate in New England. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

PROVIDENCE – The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Rhode Island of 3.6% in June was the second highest in New England, only ahead of Connecticut, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday.

The unemployment rate declined 0.4 percentage points year over year in Rhode Island.

Read a full breakdown of Rhode Island’s June unemployment and employment figures HERE.

The United States unemployment rate in June was also 3.7%, a decline from 4% one year prior.

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The BLS said that only three states had statistically significant unemployment rate changes year over year in June: Delaware, Vermont and Wyoming. All three states’ rates declined 0.6 percentage points year over year.

New England unemployment rates for June:

  • Vermont unemployment declined 0.6 percentage points to 2.1%, the lowest unemployment rate in the United States.
  • New Hampshire unemployment declined 0.1 percentage points to 2.5%
  • Massachusetts unemployment declined 0.4 percentage points to 3%
  • Maine unemployment declined 0.2 percentage points 3.2%
  • Rhode Island unemployment declined 0.4 percentage points to 3.6%
  • Connecticut unemployment declined 0.4 percentage points to 3.7%

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