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Rhode Island gains jobs in March and unemployment rate dips

May 16, 2019 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State labor officials say Rhode Island gained more than 4,000 jobs from March to April and the state unemployment rate dipped.

The state Department of Labor and Training said Thursday the number of Rhode Island-based jobs in April was 500,300, up 4,200 jobs from the revised March job count and up 5,000 from April 2018.

The state unemployment rate in April dropped to 3.7%, down one-tenth of a percentage point from March and four-tenths of a percentage point lower than April 2018. The state rate is one-tenth of a percentage point higher than the national rate.


The number of unemployed Rhode Islanders fell by 800 in March to 20,400 in April.

The professional and business services sector added 1,600 jobs, recouping the 1,100 jobs the sector lost in March.