- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island’s unemployment rate fell to 7.1 percent in November as the state added a few thousand jobs, according to a new labor report called good news by outgoing Gov. Lincoln Chafee.

The state Department of Labor and Training said Thursday that the rate fell three-tenths of one percentage point from October.

The number of unemployed residents was down 1,600, to 39,300 over the month. It was the 16th straight month the number of unemployed has fallen. That’s the lowest level since March 2008.

The number of jobs increased 2,800, to 479,700 compared with the revised October figure. But the labor force contracted to 553,400, a decline of 2,000 from the previous month.

The national unemployment rate is 5.8 percent.

Rhode Island’s unemployment rate was 9.4 percent a year ago.


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