Unemployment in Rhode Island hit a new record of 13% last month, according data released last week by the state’s Department of Labor and Training. The new rate, which rose from 12.8% in August, is the state’s highest since 1976 when it began using its current methodology.
Nationally, the unemployment rate hit 9.8% in September, according the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. In August, Rhode Island had the third highest unemployment rate in the nation behind Michigan and Nevada. The bureau will publish September data for states on Wednesday.