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Saturday Sweat Fitcamp
11 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. Westerly

Soup & Sandwiches
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Westerly

Afternoon Tea Party
Noon - 3 p.m. Westerly

Mushroom Hunting
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Hopkinton

Family Movie
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Charlestown

Free community dinner
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Carolina

Full of Grace Coffeehouse
7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Westerly

Early American Industries Association regional meeting
8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Westerly

"Steel Magnolias"
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Westerly

Yoga
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Charlestown

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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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