PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island labor officials are set to hold the first of three workshops aimed at overcoming the problem of the unemployed failing to connect with employers who have job openings.

The state's Department of Labor and Training says the workshops will teach employers how to use the state's online job-matching tools. Department director Charles Fogarty says matching growing businesses with potential employees who have the skills the businesses require is key to sustaining Rhode Island's economic recovery.

The unemployment rate in the Ocean State was 10.9 percent in April — the highest rate of joblessness in New England.

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