Gov shutdown delays state unemployment reportOctober 10th, 2013 at 4:49 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes
By Dan McGowan
The partial shutdown of the federal government will delay the release of the state’s September unemployment report, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training said Thursday.
The report was slated to be released Oct. 17, but the postponement is “directly related to the government shut down and its effect on the Bureau of Labor Statistics,” Laura Hart, a spokeswoman for the Department of Labor and Training, told WPRI.com.
The state’s jobless rate rose to 9.1% in August, the second consecutive monthly increase in a state that hasn’t seen its unemployment rate match the national average since June 2005 when the figure stood at 5. The August unemployment rate was 7.3% nationwide and 7.2% in Massachusetts, data shows.
Rhode Island’s jobless rate fell below 10% last December for the first time in nearly four years, following a painful recession that sent unemployment soaring from below 5% in 2007 to a record high of 11.9% in January 2010. But the state has struggled to achieve a strong pace of job growth.
State lawmakers passed dozens of bills they said would improve Rhode Island’s economy before they finished work for the year in July, including an eventual overhaul of state government’s economic-development agencies and new programs to link unemployed workers with employers looking for help.
Ted Nesi contributed to this report.