Economy
7:59 am
Fri May 20, 2011

State unemployment rate edges below 11 percent.

Providence, RI – Rhode Island's unemployment rate edged down slightly in April. As WRNI's Flo Jonic reports it's currently the lowest it's been in almost two years.

Rhode Island's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 10.9% - down one tenth of a percentage point from March. It's the first time in 21 months the rate has been below 11%. But it is still two percent higher than the national jobless rate.

The number of unemployed residents - those classified as available for and actively seeking work - decreased by 900 over the March figures, falling to just over 62,000in April. Since the start of the year the number of unemployed Rhode Island residents has decreased by 5,500. Several economic sectors reported over the month gains with the largest occurring in retail trade and health care.

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