Rhode Island's March unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point from February, bringing it to 4.3 percent. That's according to the state Department of Labor and Training.
The latest numbers mean the Ocean State bested the national unemployment rate, which came in at 4.5 percent.
But DLT says Rhode Island also lost 700 jobs from February to March. The professional and business services sector accounted for the most of the dip.
Compared to last March, Rhode Island's unemployment rate has declined by slightly more than one percent and picked up a total of 4,000 jobs.