Rhode Island’s jobless rate was 4.5 percent in January, slightly above the national rate of 4.1 percent, according to date released by the state Department of Labor and Training.
Rhode Island-based jobs were down 200 in January and the state unemployment rate held steady. Construction employment was up 600 from a year ago and the Accommodation and Food Services job sector lost 700 jobs in January.
The RI unemployment rate was 4.6 percent one year ago, according to DLT. “This month’s jobs report shows that we’ve made progress over the last three years,” Said Gov. Gina Raimondo in a statement. “But it also shows that we need to keep going to ensure that every Rhode Islander feels included in our recovery.”