Rhode Island Changed Last-Place Unemployment Partners in January

The message making the rounds on Rhode Island’s January employment numbers is that it represented a slight, if mixed, improvement, because the unemployment rate fell to 9.8%, the lowest it’s been since early 2009. A large reason for that fact, however, is that a methodological revision by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics made more people disappear from the Rhode Island labor force than it did from the employment rolls.
Now, the January numbers show another large drop in the labor force, nearly 1,400 people, thus “improving” the unemployment rate, even though actual employment fell for the first time since September 2011. The reason is that only 681 fewer people reported being employed. That’s quite a different picture from Rhode Island’s new partner in last place for unemployment, California. The latter has continued to add employment, but people entering and/or returning to the labor force have kept its unemployment rate from going down.
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Tommy Cranston
Tommy Cranston
8 years ago

Two states controlled by government unions, fattened cronies, rich leftists, do nothing government funded non-profits, illegal aliens and welfare leeches of all sorts.

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