Rhode Island jobless rate falls to 8.7% in March

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Rhode Island’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.7% in March, new data released Thursday shows.

The seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell to 8.7% from 9% the prior month and is now at the lowest level since September 2008, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training said in a statement. By comparison, last month’s unemployment rate was 6.7% nationwide and 6.3% in Massachusetts.

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