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RI unemployment rate worst in nation

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The Associated Press

Rhode Island's unemployment rate is now tied for worst in the nation.       

Information released by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday say Rhode Island and Nevada tied in November, when both states reported an unemployment rate of 9 percent.    

Rhode Island's unemployment rates has been one of the worst in the nation for years, although it's usually not at the top of the list. It ranked second-highest behind Nevada in October.      

The state Department of Labor and Training said on Thursday that November's rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month.   

The national unemployment rate was 7 percent in November.      

The state report found that the number of non-farm jobs grew to 470,600 in November, the highest number since December 2008.

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