RI unemployment rate stays at 5.5 percent in July

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s unemployment rate held steady in July at 5.5 percent.

The state Department of Labor and Training said Thursday that the jobless rate in July was unchanged from June.

In July 2015, the unemployment rate in Rhode Island was four-tenths of a percentage point higher.

The department says the state has added 1,400 jobs since June and 5,000 jobs since the start of the year.

The state’s labor force totaled 555,000 in July, up 1,500 from June but down 400 from July 2015.

The number of unemployed increased slightly in July to 30,500, but has dropped by 2,200 over the full year.

The U.S. unemployment rate in July was 4.9 percent, also unchanged from the June rate.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says the job gains are encouraging.

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