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Aaron Read / RIPR

Rhode Island’s unemployment rate ticked down again in May from 6.1 percent to 5.9 percent. The economy gained 3,400 jobs.

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

New graduates receive diplomas this weekend at the University of Rhode Island. Like grads across the state, they enter a job market showing signs of recovery. But Rhode Island still suffers from one of the worst unemployment rates in the country.

As we continue our series Rising Tide, looking at whether Rhode Island is emerging from the Great Recession, Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter Elisabeth Harrison checks in with college students to find out how they view the future.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line. 

This week Dave and Mark chat with Amber Caulkins, program director of the College and University Research Collaborative.

The group has completed a new study of Rhode Island's unemployment rate, which focuses on the loss of manufacturing jobs, education in the workforce and the length of unemployment benefits.

When to Listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo outlined a series of troubling indicators Wednesday to underscore her argument that adding jobs -- rather than cutting spending or raising taxes -- is the only way to heal Rhode Island's under-performing economy.

via WNPR

Governor-elect Gina Raimondo has picked Connecticut Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, a fellow Yale alum with experience leading economic-development efforts in New York and New Jersey, as her choice to be Rhode Island's first Commerce secretary.

"Stefan Pryor has the depth of experience and the drive to help me lead Rhode Island's comeback," Raimondo said in a statement. "Stefan's economic development successes in Newark and in Lower Manhattan are a testament to his ability to lead the Department of Commerce in Rhode Island."

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