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Rhode Island's September unemployment rate of 7.6 percent behind only Georgia, Mississippi


PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — Rhode Island's unemployment rate of 7.6 percent remains the third highest rate in the country.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the September rates for all 50 states on Tuesday. Georgia's rate of 7.9 percent was highest, followed by Mississippi's, which was 7.7 percent.

The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training reported the state's rate last week. The August figure was revised downward by one-tenth of 1 percentage point, so September's rate was considered unchanged.

The state has struggled for years with one of the highest unemployment rates in the U.S.

The national unemployment rate stands at 5.9 percent.

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