As Unemployment Rises In Rhode Island, Dem Gov Gina Raimondo’s Rhetoric Falls Flat

Rhode Island’s Democrat Governor Gina Raimondo has repeatedly claimed that she’s focused “on creating jobs,” but all of her talk isn’t matching up with her lackluster results. New November jobs numbers reported by the Providence Journal show that Rhode Island’s unemployment rate grew since October as the labor force shrank and the number of employed Rhode Islanders dropped by 800.

While national job growth continues to accelerate, Rhode Island has moved in the opposite direction, as the state’s unemployment rate rose above the national rate in November. And despite Raimondo’s assertion that Rhode Island’s business climate has improved, the state still ranks in the bottom 10 for state business rankings and continues to be rocked by high profile business departures from companies like Alexion Pharmaceuticals that have cost hundreds of high-paying jobs.

Raimondo may claim to be focused on jobs, but Rhode Island’s continued lagging job growth shows that she is all talk and no action when it comes to growing jobs for the people of her state. Rhode Island deserves better.