REGIONAL ECONOMIES   •  Sep 2017  •  Volume 6 / Number 11

Why did Rhode Island have slower employment growth than the nation during the recovery period, 2009–16?

Why did Rhode Island have slower employment growth than the nation during the recovery period, 2009–16?

When most of the nation was recovering from the Great Recession, Rhode Island was on a different path . From June 2009 to June 2016, national employment increased by 10.1 percent while employment in Rhode Island increased by only 5.1 percent.

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