Anyone looking for a Rhode Island career is probably struggling as the state faces one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates. However, Rhode Island is hoping its maritime industry will soon make a comeback and create several new jobs.
During December 2008, Rhode Island had a total non-farm employment of 468,800 workers, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is down from 471,800 workers during November 2008 and a 4.5 percent decrease from last year.
The state had an unemployment rate of 10 percent during December, up from 9.3 percent during November and higher than the national unemployment rate of 7.2 percent.