PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island labor officials have revised upward to 9.5 percent the state's average unemployment rate for 2013, and say the monthly rate never dipped below 9 percent as previously reported.

Department of Labor and Training statistics released Thursday show the average annual rate is four-tenths of a point higher than previously announced.

The revised data shows the jobless rate reached a high of 9.6 percent during three months, rather than a high of 9.8 percent. The revised low was 9.3 percent in December. It was previously reported the rate had four times dipped below 9 percent, to a low of 8.8 percent.

The number of Rhode Island-based jobs was also revised upward by 3,100. But the labor force shrunk by about 10,000 and 7,100 fewer residents were employed in 2013.


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