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Rhode Island Unemployment Rate Hits 17%

May 22, 2020

In Rhode Island, the unemployment rate hit 17 percent at the end of April, as WJAR-TV Channel 10 in Providence reports.

Unemployment shot up because of the coronavirus emergency, as businesses in the state were shut down and layoffs occurred. The state’s unemployment rate in February was just 3.4 percent; it crept up to 4.7 percent in March.

“Today’s jobs numbers convey the immense extent of economic hardship that the COVID-19 crisis has brought upon Rhode Island workers and families,” Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training Director Scott Jensen told WJAR.

In total, there have been more than 226,000 unemployment insurance claims made in the state since March 9.

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