RI unemployment rate dips

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island's unemployment rate dipped slightly in May.

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 12.3 percent in May, down two-tenths of one percent from April. It was the third decline in as many months.

State Labor and Training Director Sandra Powell says Rhode Island still faces a long road to a normal unemployment rate of four to six percent.

"It will take us some time to come out of recession," Powell says. "But I think the key is that we continue to move in the right direction in order to get where we want to be."

The number of unemployed Rhode Islanders decreased by 1,100 in May to just over 71,000. The biggest jobs creator was the federal government, which hired 1,600 temporary census workers.