Rhode Island-based jobs tick up in August but unemployment rises to 12.8%

RHODE ISLAND unemployment rate increased to 12.8% in August. / AP FILE PHOTO/ STEVEN SENNE
The RHODE ISLAND unemployment rate increased to 12.8% in August. / AP FILE PHOTO/ STEVEN SENNE
PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island's unemployment rate swelled 1.5 percentage points from July to August to 12.8%, more than three times higher than the rate one year prior, according to newly published information by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training on Thursday. Rhode Island's unemployment rate was also 4.4 percentage points higher than the national…

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