Rhode Island's unemployment rate edged down slightly in July

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's unemployment rate edged down slightly in July.

Rhode Island's jobless rate dipped slightly from 10.9 percent in June to 10.8 percent in July. It was the third consecutive monthly decrease and the lowest rate since May 2009.

Some 60-thousand Rhode Islanders remain out of work, the lowest number in three years.

The state Department of Labor and Training reports a surge in hiring in the construction and hospitality sectors. But all other segments of the economy shed jobs, led by health care which lost 900 positions due to layoffs in family social services, home health care and health practitioners.

One bright spot was manufacturing where the average hourly wage was up 35 cents. Manufacturing employees are working an average of 39.2 hours per week, down one hour from a month ago but unchanged year to year.

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