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Westerly-Pawcatuck Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Westerly

E-Reader Help
10 a.m. - Noon Charlestown

Beading Enthusiasts' Group
10 a.m. - Noon Charlestown

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

Drop-in Knitting Club
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Charlestown

George Bodenheimer book signing
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Westerly

Classic Car Cruise Nights
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Misquamicut

Thursday Night Movie
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Charlestown

Basic Computer Instruction
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Charlestown

Pints for Paws
6 p.m. - 8 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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