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States with the best (and worst) job growth

Some states have fared much better than others in reducing their unemployment rates in the past year. Can you guess which boom state was among those that backtracked?

- Schuyler VelascoStaff writer

A woman walks past the front entrance to Marble House mansion, in Newport, R.I. Rhode Island has the fourth-highest unemployment rate in the US, but the percentage has dropped in the past year. (Steven Senne/AP/File)

4. Rhode Island (+1.7 percent)

Civilian labor force population: 558,900

May 2013 unemployment rate: 8.9 percent

Rhode Island’s unemployment actually ticked up in May, and at 8.9 percent, it’s fourth-highest unemployment rate in the US. But the workforce expanded, with the state adding 600 jobs.  A year ago, the unemployment rate in Rhode Island was 10.6 percent.

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