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?
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.