Rhode Island: The Least Advisable Place to Go
If such a thing is possible, news that Rhode Island has — perhaps for the first time in history — the highest unemployment rate in the country is both stunning and unsurprising. With all of our assets and attractions our state’s leaders can’t even keep us ahead of a single other state, let alone in the middle of the pack:
Rhode Island has often recorded jobless levels near the top, but this marks the first time that it has ranked highest in the country since comparable data started being compiled 32 years ago, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. …
Rhode Island’s 8.8 percent unemployment rate is the highest in 16 years, and the ranks of the jobless last month swelled to 50,200, the most on record, according to state labor officials. …
Federal labor officials reported the September unemployment rates for the other New England states as follows: Connecticut 6.1 percent; Maine 5.6 percent; Massachusetts 5.3 percent, Vermont 5.2 percent, New Hampshire 4.1 percent.
One of the state’s top elected Democrats has rushed to make the predictable Democrat request of more help from government:
Rhode Island’s new ranking as the state with the highest unemployment rate yesterday prompted U.S. Rep. James R. Langevin to write to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reiterating his strong support for a new economic stimulus measure to extend federal unemployment benefits and create jobs.
“Communities across the state are seeing a marked increase in families seeking help to keep their homes, pay their bills, and put food on the table,” Langevin wrote. “This economic situation has taken a toll on our state’s social service centers, food pantries and homeless shelters, and it is clear that the worst is yet to come.”
What are we going to do, Jim, when the federal government can’t come to our rescue anymore — just as the towns are finding that the state can’t come to theirs? The letters Langevin ought to be writing are to the legislature’s Democrat leaders, demanding that they push back against the unions, cut government assistance, and slash taxes to blowout rates — to get customers in the door, as it were.
Rhode Island has to set aside a decade during which it will behave as if it’s interested in attracting commerce and encouraging entrepreneurship, rather than drawing people to rely on government.