Jobless rate drops slightly across New England

NEW ENGLAND'S unemployment rate remained essentially unchanged in May, dropping to 6.8 percent compared with 6.9 percent in April. For a larger version of this graphic, click HERE.
Posted 6/15/12

WASHINGTON – New England’s unemployment rate remained essentially unchanged in May, dropping to 6.8 percent compared with 6.9 percent in April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Friday.

Year-over-year, New England’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped 1.1 percentage points from 7.9 percent in May 2011. Nationally, the unemployment rate dropped 0.8 percentage points year-over-year to 8.2 percent.

Rhode Island’s unemployment rate dropped 0.2 percentage points from 11.2 percent in April to 11.0 percent in May and 0.3 percentage points year over year.

Year over year, Massachusetts’ unemployment rate dropped 1.4 percentage points to 6 percent in May 2012, from 7.4 percent during the same 2011 period.

The Ocean State had the highest jobless rate among the New England states, the second-highest jobless rate in the nation – behind Nevada – and saw the largest year-over-year percentage point decrease in employment with a loss of 0.8 percentage points.

PBN Hosted

Join PBN for the best networking event and party of the winter - January 15, 2015 - the Book of Lists Party at the Providence Public Library. Reserve your spot by December 31st and get a holiday gift from PBN!
  • Best Places to Work
    Enrollment is now open for the 7th annual Best Places to Work program. Winners w ...
  • Manufacturing Awards
    Applications are now being accepted for the 2nd Annual Manufacturing Awards. Dea ...
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
    Latest News