Rhode Island’s unemployment rate inched down to 5.9 percent in June, the lowest level since 2007, the state Department of Labor and Training has announced.
The rate has dropped 1.8 percentage points since June, 2014, when it was 7.7 percent. The level in May was 6.0 percent. Rhode Island’s jobless rate is still above the national average, which was 5.3 percent in June, six-tenths of a percent lower than in the Ocean State.
In a statement, Gov. Gina Raimondo lamented that Rhode Island is not recovering from the recession as fast as the rest of the country.
"I'm particularly concerned with how much our construction sector continues to struggle,'' the governor said. "We lost 700 construction jobs in June - a time when good weather should be stimulating this industry. This is the largest month-over-month los in this sector since October, 2008.''