PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island’s unemployment rate in October remained at 4.2 percent, unchanged from the previous month.

The state Department of Labor and Training on Thursday said the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate had fallen nine-tenths of a percentage point from October 2016, when the rate was 5.1 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate for the month stood at 4.1 percent.

The agency says the number of unemployed residents dropped by more than 5,000 since a year ago, while the number of employed residents rose over the same period by nearly 8,000.

The number of Rhode Island-based jobs was up by 4,600 from a year ago. But the agency says nonfarm employment has fallen for three consecutive months by a total of 3,900 jobs, to 495,800 in October.