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Rhode Island's unemployment rate dropped slightly in January to 5.3 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from December.

The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training released employment numbers for January on Thursday and says it represents the lowest unemployment rate in the state since August 2007.

The state rate is four-tenths of a percentage point higher than the national unemployment rate of 4.9 percent.

The unemployment rate in Rhode Island has fallen 1.2 percentage points since January of 2015.

The state says the number of jobs based in Rhode Island fell by 600 from December, while the number of employed residents increased by 200 during the month.

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