R.I. job­less rate steady at 4.5 per­cent

Woonsocket Call - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — Rhode Is­land’s un­em­ploy­ment rate held steady at 4.5 per­cent in April, un­changed from March but up a tenth of a per­cent­age point from a year ago.

The state Depart­ment of La­bor and Train­ing re­leased April un­em­ploy­ment num­bers on Thurs­day.

The un­em­ploy­ment rate in Rhode Is­land was six-tenths of a per­cent­age point higher than the na­tional rate of 3.9 per­cent. In April 2017, the state and na­tional un­em­ploy­ment rates were the same.

The num­ber of jobs based in the state num­bered at more than 499,000 in April, up by more than 7,000 jobs from a year ago.

Demo­cratic Gov. Gina Rai­mondo re­leased a state­ment say­ing the num­bers show the state’s econ­omy is get­ting stronger. She sin­gled out the ad­di­tion of 1,200 man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs in the state since April 2017.

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