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Rhode Island unemployment drops to 5.6 percent, lowest since September 2007


PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — Rhode Island's unemployment rate continues to fall, dropping to 5.6 percent in August, the lowest since September 2007.

The state Department of Labor and Training said Thursday the rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point from July and 1.8 percentage points from August 2014.

For years, Rhode Island had one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, including double-digit unemployment from 2009 to 2012.

It has slowly recovered, though it's still higher than the U.S. jobless rate of 5.1 percent in August.

Labor officials say the state lost 800 jobs between July and August, mostly in local government. And the number of unemployed residents fell by 700 from July, to 31,600.

The number of employed residents was up by 1,100 from July, to 528,600.

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