As of April 2015, Rhode Island’s unemployment rate is 6.1 percent; the lowest since 2007. Over the past year, the total number of unemployed in Rhode Island dropped by more than 11,000.
That’s according to the latest numbers from the state Department of Labor and Training. The gain is significant for Rhode Island which maintained one of the highest unemployment rates in the country in recent years. However, it’s still higher than the national average which hit 5.4 percent.
The professional and business sectors saw the biggest gains in the Ocean state growing about 1,400 jobs from March. The construction and manufacturing sectors continued to struggle, losing 400 and 300 jobs from March respectively.
According to the report, the state’s total labor force numbers more than 550,000.
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