The latest Rhode Island job numbers are the usual mix of good and not-so-good.
While the rest of the country experienced strong job growth in October, Rhode Island did not. Total jobs were down 600 from the September number of 528,100. The long-beleaguered construction sector is finally picking up, adding 500 jobs in October, the largest gain in construction since April, 2006, when 700 jobs were added.
That was tamped down by declines in food services, government employment and manufacturing.
In better news, the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate inched down to 5.3 percent, down from September’s 5.4 percent. By contrast, the rate in Massachusetts was 4.6 percent and the national rate is 5 percent.
Massachusetts also gained about 11,00 jobs last month, according to the Bay State’s office of Labor and Workforce Development.