- Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island’s unemployment rate remains the highest in the U.S. despite a decline in March.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the rates for all 50 states on Friday. Rhode Island topped the list with a rate of 8.7 percent, followed by Nevada with an 8.5 percent rate and Illinois with an 8.4 percent rate.

The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training reported Thursday the jobless rate was down three-tenths of 1 point from February.

The state unemployment rate has been among the highest in the country for years, and Gov. Lincoln Chafee has called the recovery frustratingly slow.

The U.S. unemployment rate in March was 6.7 percent.

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