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RI Unemployment Rate Highest in Country

The state's rate was 9.2 percent in January, compared to the national average of 6.6 percent.

The Rhode Island State House. File photo.
The Rhode Island State House. File photo.
Rhode Island continues to hold the dubious distinction of having the highest unemployment rate in the country.

The state's rate was 9.2 percent in January, according to the latest numbers from the Labor Department. That figure was higher than the national average of 6.6 percent. Aggravating factors for Rhode Island include its "housing bust and manufacturing slump," according to ABC News.

Nevada and Illinois were tied at the No. 2 spot with 8.7 percent.

Rhode Island's rate dropped from 9.3 percent in December, when it was also the highest in the country. Of the state's 550,316 workers, 50,600 were unemployed in January, according to state labor numbers.

One Rhode Island lawmaker says the state's economy "needs a defibrillator" and proposed a bill that would establish tax-free zones for new businesses and workers.
Planet Z March 19, 2014 at 12:57 PM
.....and your paper route doesn't count as a business.
Just Another Taxpayer March 19, 2014 at 01:02 PM
Planet Z, JV is your typical Tea Party supporter. That is all you need to know.
Einstein March 19, 2014 at 03:44 PM
Mr. Scott Guthrie and Ms. Lisa Tomasso... Please stand up and Take a Bow. for all the 'Jobs' you help create in Rhode Island. Notice I didn't use your Titles as you both aren't Doing your Jobs nor ever have.
Leave RI March 19, 2014 at 09:37 PM
Glenn Anderson..you're not going to get any help from the GA in RI on those issues. RI is fifth worst for small business and, in a 50 state comparison, 4th from the bottom at 46...your outlook is gloomy...above said it the best.."too many riding in the cart and not pulling it"... This state is an air tank for the oxygen thieves that live in it. http://www.nfib.com/article/10-best-and-worst-states-for-small-business-taxes-64479/
Leave RI March 19, 2014 at 09:46 PM
@Can't wait to leave RI..here is what I posted a year ago when asked why..it's the newest at a couple of years old but it's the only comprehensive one that is current. http://www.rifreedom.org/wp-content/uploads/OSPRI_LeavingRI_FINAL.pdf Here is a more current story but I'm not sure who runs this group. It's not comprehensive a just kind of blurts out stats. http://www.ritaxpayers.com/featured/why-are-people-leaving-rhode-island/

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