As R.I. unemployment declines and jobs grow, labor force shrinks

PROVIDENCE – The unemployment rate in Rhode Island declined 0.4 percentage points year over year to 3.5% in July, according to the R.I. Department of Labor and Training Thursday. The 3.5% rate was 0.2 percentage points below the national rate of 3.7% for the month. One year prior, the Rhode Island and U.S. unemployment rates…

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