PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Unemployment in Rhode Island edged down slightly in July, but the state continues to shed jobs and post the country's second-highest jobless rate, according to new data released Friday.

The state Department of Labor and Training reported that the jobless rate was 10.8 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from June. Only Nevada has a higher rate, 12 percent, new U.S. Labor Department statistics show.

California was the only other state with double-digit unemployment, with a rate of 10.7 percent.

The number of employed residents in Rhode Island fell by 100 from June, to 494,900. That's 4,000 fewer employed residents than a year ago. The size of the state's labor force was also down by 400 from June, to 554,800. That's a decrease of 8,400 from a year ago.

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