Rhode Island unemployment rate down to 3rd worst in US; had been worst in country for months


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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — Rhode Island's unemployment is now tied for the third highest in the country after having been the worst in the U.S. for months.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported jobless rates for all 50 states on Monday. The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training last week said the state rate had fallen two-tenths of 1 percentage point to 7.7 percent in July. That's the lowest the rate has been in Rhode Island in more than six years.

Mississippi has the highest rate of 8 percent. Georgia is next, with 7.8 percent. Rhode Island is tied with Michigan and Nevada.

Rhode Island's unemployment rate is still the highest in New England.

The U.S. rate in July was 6.2 percent.

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