- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in April to 5.3 percent.

Numbers released Thursday by the state Department of Labor and Training show the jobless rate is down one-tenth of a percentage point from the March rate of 5.4 percent.

The state unemployment rate has fallen one percentage point from a year earlier and is at the lowest since August 2007.

There were 29,600 Rhode Islanders classified as unemployed last month, down 300 from a month earlier.

The national unemployment rate was 5 percent.

Rhode Island had one of the highest unemployment rates for years during the recession and is still struggling to recover the jobs it lost.

While unemployment went down in April, the state also lost about 1,500 Rhode Island-based jobs during the month.

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