Providence metro unemployment declines to 4.8% in Jan.

THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE in the Providence metro area declined 0.5 percentage points year over year to 4.8 percent in January. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE in the Providence metro area declined 0.5 percentage points year over year to 4.8 percent in January. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
PROVIENCE – Unemployment in the Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area was 4.8 percent in January, a 0.5 percentage-point decline year over year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday. The number of unemployed in the metro declined to 33,373 from 36,508 over the year while the labor force increased to 688,725 people from 684,376. The…

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