CRANSTON – Rhode Island unemployment remained unchanged last month, holding steady at 10.4 percent, the same as it was in October, though it is down from Nov. 2011, according to Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training statistics released Dec. 20.
Unemployment in the Ocean State dropped seven-tenths of a percentage point in Nov. 2012 compared to Nov. 2011, when unemployment was 11.1 percent.
While Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained the same between October and November, the average U.S. unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point over the same time period, from 7.9 percent in October to 7.7 percent last month.
The number of employed Rhode Islanders increased by 1,500 over the month to 506,200 in November. This is the fourth consecutive monthly increase in employed Rhode Island residents and is the highest employment level since March 2009.
The number of unemployed Rhode Island residents, those residents classified as available and actively seeking employment, was down 100 last month from the October number figure of 58,700 to 58,600. Since Nov. 2011, the number of unemployed Rhode Islanders has decreased by 4,100.
The Rhode Island state labor force totaled 564,800 last month, up 1,400 from October and 2,500 from Nov. 2011. The state’s labor force is at its highest level since Nov. 2011.
The Department of Labor and Training also publishes unemployment statistics on a county and city/town wide basis, though they are not seasonally adjusted.
In November, the unemployment rate for Washington County was 8.5 percent, up from 8.1 percent in October, but down from 8.8 percent in Nov. 2011.
In November 6,126 residents of Washington County were unemployed, up from 5,905 in October.
Last month’s unemployment rate for South Kingstown was 9 percent, also up from 8.4 percent in October, but down from 9.3 percent in Nov. 2011. The unemployment rate in Narragansett is lower than in South Kingstown, at 7 percent last month, though that is up from 6.5 percent in October. In Nov. 2011, Narragansett’s unemployment rate was 7.6 percent.
The unemployment rate on Block Island is the highest in Washington County at 20.6 percent last month, up from 11.2 percent in October. The second highest was in Charlestown at 10.2 percent.
Richmond had the lowest unemployment rate in November at 6.8 percent, unchanged from the previous month. Narragansett had the second lowest at 7 percent followed by Westerly at 7.9 percent.
The average unemployment rate for Washington County in 2011 was 9.5 percent.