State unemployment rate remains stable

Gov. Tom Wolf visits Johnstown Wire Technologies as part of his

Gov. Tom Wolf visits Johnstown Wire Technologies as part of his"Jobs that Pay tour

Rhode Island's unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in September, down one-tenth of a percentage point from the August rate, according to the state's Department of Labor and Training.

Statwide, the unemployment rate stood at 2.8%, well below the national rate of 4.2%.

A separate survey of employers showed seasonally adjusted non-farm payrolls rose by 10,300 in September to a record high above 5.97 million. Matching the right workers with the right jobs across the state has been hard for several years.

There were also gains in industries including educational and health services (3,100 jobs), professional and business services (2,900 jobs), and manufacturing (1,300 jobs).

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Information was down by 1,700 jobs, leisure and hospitality lost 1,700 and construction declined by 400. Resident employment and unemployment both declined over the month. The changes to the number of unemployed and the unemployment rate were statistically significant in the seasonally-adjusted series. "While there are more people working today than any time in the state's history and participating in the robust economy, there are still people who want to work but who may have a barrier to employment". It was the third straight month the rate has increased for the state after it plummeted in the first half of the year.

In Kansas, the jobless rate in September was down to 3.4 percent from 4.1 percent in August and September 2016, the report said.

That national rate for the same period was 9.2 percent and Wisconsin ranks in the middle-of-the-pack in the 12-state Midwest region.

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