Rhode Island's unemployment rate for November fell to 9 percent, the state Department of Labor and Training said Thursday.
The jobless rate was down from 9.2 percent in October. The U.S. unemployment rate was 7 percent in November.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee told a taping of "10 News Conference" before the numbers were released publicly that he was pleased with the report.
"Since I took office, we've gained over 10,000 jobs and the report coming out later this afternoon is going to confirm we're going in a better right direction," Chafee said.
Chafee also said that he will not propose broadening the sales tax in his budget next year. The governor has proposed that in the past, but it was rejected by the General Assembly.