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Community Artists Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

Make & Take Crafts (Drop in Crafts) Ages 3 +
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Westerly

Wreath & holiday arrangement workshop
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Westerly

Seal Tour
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Westerly

Holiday Bazaar
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Westerly

Magician Darren Yong
11 a.m. - Noon Charlestown

Christmas Cantata
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Charlestown

"A Christmas Carol"
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Westerly

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Rhode Island unemployment rate still worst in U.S.

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island’s unemployment rate remains the highest in the country despite a drop last month.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the jobless rates for all 50 states today. Rhode Island’s rate of 8.3 percent tops the list, higher than Nevada’s 8 percent and Illinois’ 7.9 percent. The Rhode Island rate fell from 8.7 percent in March.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee called the April employment report “the best we have seen.” He cited not just the drop in the overall jobless rate but increases in the number of Rhode Island jobs and the number of employed residents.

The state has had one of the highest unemployment rates in the country for years.

The U.S. unemployment rate in April was 6.3 percent.

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