Rhode Island unemployment rate stays at 4.5 percent

Rhode Island unemployment rate stays at 4.5 percent



PROVIDENCE — 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 the numbers on Thursday.

The national unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in April, compared with 4.4 percent a year earlier.

Over the course of a year, the professional and business services sector in Rhode Island gained the most jobs, 2,800, going from 66,800 in April 2017 to 69,600 last month. It was followed by health care and social assistance, rising to 82,100 jobs, a gain of 1,600; and manufacturing, which gained 1,200 jobs, to 41,600.

The number of nonfarm jobs based in the state was estimated at 499,300 in April, up by more than 7,000 from a year ago. The number of employed Rhode Island residents was 533,700 last month, compared with 528,900 in April 2017. The state’s labor force rose to 558,900, up 5,600 from the year before.

Unemployed residents — classified as people who are available for work and actively seeking employment — numbered 25,100, up 800 year-over-year; 10,914 people were collecting unemployment benefits in April, down from 11,167 a year earlier. 

— Sun staff


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