PROVIDENCE, RI –
Rhode Island's unemployment rate edged down slightly last month. But the number of jobs based in the state also fell.
Rhode Island's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 10.5 percent. That's down one tenth of a percent from August. It was the 18th consecutive month of decline.
But at the same time the number of Rhode Island based jobs continued to fall. The state lost 1700 jobs in September after losing 5700 jobs the month before.
And a growing number of people are exhausting unemployment benefits. Only about half of the 59-thousand people looking for work now receive weekly benefits.
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