Rhode Island's unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent in December, down one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — Rhode Island's unemployment rate dipped slightly to 5.1 percent in December, the lowest rate since June 2007.

The state Department of Labor and Training said Thursday that the unemployment rate last month was down one-tenth of a percentage point from November. But it remained higher than the national rate of 5 percent.

The number of unemployed residents fell to 28,400 in December, a drop of 400 from November.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo said the state added 8,400 jobs in 2015, the highest annual total since 2000. Rhode Island gained 1,100 of those jobs in December.

The construction sector reported a surge in employment during the fourth quarter of 2015, adding 1,700 jobs.

Raimondo says the state has some momentum, but there's still a lot more work to do.

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