BLS releases regional unemployment figures
The New England unemployment rate in June was 8.5 percent, its highest point since November 1976, the Boston office of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics said.
By way of comparison, the nation's unemployment rate was 9.5 percent, its highest rate since August 1983, the bureau said.
Among other regional highlights from the report:
Five New England states posted jobless rates that were significantly different. New Hampshire (6.8 percent), Vermont ( 7.1 percent), Connecticut ( 8.0 percent), and Maine ( 8.5 percent) recorded lower-than-average unemployment rates. In contrast, the unemployment rate in Rhode Island at 12.4 percent was measurably higher than the US rate.
Rhode Island's jobless rate was the second highest in the nation. The jobless rate in Rhode Island continued to be at its highest point in over 33 years.