Honestly, I find this sort of spin outrageous:
The state Department of Labor and Training said Thursday that unemployment dipped to 4.7 percent in January, one-tenth of a percentage point lower than the national rate of 4.8 percent.
The last time unemployment was below the U.S. rate was May 2005.
Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says efforts to strengthen the state’s economy are paying off.
Want an image of this “strengthening” of the state’s economy?
Hooray! Rhode Island’s unemployment rate is overcoming the U.S. average despite still being down because the number of people looking for work in the United States grew more than the number of people employed.