PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's average unemployment rate of 9.5 percent was the second worst in the country last year.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the average jobless rates for all 50 states on Friday. The Rhode Island rate fell behind only Nevada's, which was 9.8 percent.
The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training released new unemployment data this week that revised the average rate for last year upward by four-tenths of a percentage point. It also revised upward the December rate to 9.3 percent, from 9.1 percent. The previously announced rate already had been the worst in the U.S.
Director Charlie Fogarty calls the economic recovery in Rhode Island "frustratingly slow." Gov. Lincoln Chafee has said the economy is moving in the right direction.
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