PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI/AP) — The Rhode Island Dept. of Labor and Training said Thursday that the state’s unemployment rate has dropped below 6 percent.
According to a news release from the department, 3,400 jobs were added during May — pushing the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down two-tenths of a percentage point. In April 2015, the rate was 6.1 percent.
Rhode Island’s 5.9 percent unemployment rate in May is the lowest since November 2007.The number of employed Rhode Island residents climbed from 530,000 in April to 523,400 in May.
Gov. Gina Raimondo released the following statement Thursday:
“Although it is encouraging to see Rhode Island’s unemployment rate fall below six percent, there are still far too many families struggling. It’s particularly concerning that we are not seeing more growth in the construction industry, especially as we move into the warmer weather when work should be picking up significantly. That’s why it is critical we move quickly to put people back to work repairing our roads and bridges and strengthening our economy in the process.
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