R.I. unemployment rate drops to 5.3% in April

RHODE ISLAND'S UNEMPLOYMENT rate fell to 5.3 percent in April; a year ago, it was 6.3 percent, and in March, it was 5.4 percent, according to the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING
RHODE ISLAND'S UNEMPLOYMENT rate fell to 5.3 percent in April; a year ago, it was 6.3 percent, and in March, it was 5.4 percent, according to the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING
PROVIDENCE – The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 1 percentage point year over year in April to 5.3 percent, a level not seen since August 2007, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training announced in its monthly report Thursday afternoon. The state’s unemployment rate was slightly higher than the national average of 5 percent,…

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