Rhode Island saw more new businesses registering with the state in the first quarter of 2012 than in any quarter since 2008, offering some hope that the state’s economy is improving.
Secretary of State Ralph Mollis says Tuesday that nearly 2,000 new business entities registered with his office this year through April. That’s an increase of more than 30 businesses over last year’s first quarter.
Mollis says the numbers can be taken as a small sign of economic improvement.
The state’s unemployment rate for April was 11.2 percent, up from 11.1 percent in March.
The U.S. jobless rate is 8.1 percent.