RI Jobless Rate up for 1st Time Since End of 2009

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The unemployment rate in Rhode Island has ticked up a notch after the state shed thousands of jobs in November.

The state Department of Labor and Training said Friday that the jobless rate was 10.5 percent in November, up from 10.4 percent in October and 11.5 percent a year ago. That's the first monthly increase since December 2009.

Overall, Rhode Island lost 1,900 positions from the previous month. Most of the losses came in the health care and social assistance as well as the accommodation and food services sectors.

The size of the state's labor force was up 900 in November, to 562,500, but that's 14,600 below a year ago. The number of employed residents rose by 400, for a total of 503,300.

The national unemployment rate is 8.6 percent.

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