By The Sun staff
PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 4.5 percent in January, the state Department of Labor and Training said Thursday. The state's unemployment rate was higher than the national rate of 4.1 percent in January, which is also the same as December.
Rhode Island’s jobless rate is down one-tenth of a percentage point from January 2017. The state lost 200 jobs in January from the revised December estimate of 497,900 jobs based in Rhode Island. The number of jobs overall is up 6,100 from a year ago.
The labor force totaled 556,600 in January, up 300 from December and up 3,700 from January 2017. The number of unemployed Rhode Islanders was 25,100 in January, and a total of 13,072 people were collecting unemployment benefits, down from 13,444 a year earlier.
In January 2018, production workers in the manufacturing sector earned $19.01 per hour, down 4 cents from December 2017, but up 61 cents from January 2017.