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As of April 2015, Rhode Island’s unemployment rate is 6.1 percent; the lowest since 2007. Over the past year, the total number of unemployed in Rhode Island dropped by more than 11,000.

That’s according to the latest numbers from the state Department of Labor and Training. The gain is significant for Rhode Island which maintained one of the highest unemployment rates in the country in recent years.  However, it’s still higher than the national average which hit 5.4 percent.   

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Rhode Island’s jobless rate edged down to 7.1 percent in November. It’s still above the national rate of 5.8 percent. The jobless rate has dropped two percentage points so far for the year.

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Rhode Island’s unemployment rate edged down slightly in October to 7.4 percent.  It’s a number that has consistently dropped over the last 15 months.

October’s jobless rate is the lowest it’s been since April of 2008. But still the state lost 2600 jobs. The Department of Labor and Training finds Rhode Island’s 7.4 percent unemployment rate higher than the national rate of 5-point-8 percent but lower than the 9.4 percent jobless rate a year ago.

The Department of Labor and Training has stepped in to help the more than 70 workers laid off from the Osram Sylvania plant in Central Falls. The plant shut its doors last Friday.

Those former plant workers are now receiving benefits from a federal program that provides career counseling and helps them pay for amongst other things the commute to job training or to relocate. DLT spokesman Mike Healey said this federal program is more generous because it targets factory workers who tend to be older and have worked most of their lives in the plant.

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Central Falls mayor James Diossa has called a meeting for Monday to see if the city can keep the Osram Sylvania plant open. The lighting manufacturer plans to shutter the plant in September.

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