PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island’s unemployment rate rose to 5.6 percent in August, the highest it’s been since last October.

The state Department of Labor and Training said Thursday that the jobless rate increased by one tenth of a percentage point from the July rate.

The U.S. unemployment rate held steady from July to August at 4.9 percent.

Rhode Island’s rate of unemployed was down two tenths of a percentage point from a year earlier, when it was 5.8 percent.

The department says the state lost 700 jobs in August, but has 5,800 more jobs than a year ago.

Many lost jobs were in the professional and business services sector.

A statement from Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo pointed to an increase in the number of employed residents, suggesting that more workers are returning to the labor force.