June unemployment rate creeps up from May, but reflects drop over the year

THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE fell to 5.5 percent in June from 6 percent in June 2015, but was slightly higher than May's jobless rate of 5.4 percent, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training said Thursday. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING
THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE fell to 5.5 percent in June from 6 percent in June 2015, but was slightly higher than May's jobless rate of 5.4 percent, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training said Thursday. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING
PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 5.5 percent, an increase of one-tenth of a percentage point from May, according to data released by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training on Thursday. In the year-over-year comparison, this value represents one half of a percentage point decrease from June 2015’s 6…

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