The state department of labor put out its monthly jobs report Thursday. The numbers show mixed news for the state.
Once burdened with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, Rhode Island’s most recent rate stood at 5.4 percent, for the sixth consecutive month.
That’s down about a point from the same time last year, but still more than a point higher than the national average.
The number of jobs in the state dropped by two-thousand between April and May.
Jobs were lost in the transportation, utilities and information sectors. Rhode Island’s manufacturing industry lost 600 jobs, the most since 2009, in the midst of the most recent recession.