May was the eighth consecutive month in which Rhode Island had the highest unemployment rate in the nation. Nevada or Rhode Island have had the highest unemployment rate for more than a year. Despite declining for the past six months, Rhode Island’s rate (8.2%) remains two to three percentage points higher than MA (5.6%) and CT (6.9%). Vermont (3.3%) had the lowest unemployment rate in New England.
Speaker Mattiello’s pledge to continue to focus on job creation, particularly in the small business sector, during the next legislative session, is the right path.