Rhode Island Monthly Employment Statistics

  • 69,459 employed workers
  • 471,828 unemployed workers
  • 12.8% unemployment rate

Workforce Data

The total employment for Rhode Island is 466,200, which is 6,900 greater than last month, an increase of 1.50%. The total employment a year ago was 504,000, which is -37,800 greater than today. Employment has decreased by 7.50% in the last year. Last months' total employment data was updated but changed less than 0.05%, a fairly insignificant amount. Last months total employment was revised to 459 from 459.

The Health and Education Services sectors are the leading employers in Rhode Island. There are 104,800 employees in the sector. Last month the sector had 102,500 employees last month, an increase of 2,300 (2.24%). Last year the sector had 111,400 employees last year, a decrease of 6,600 (5.92%).

The chart below illustrates the total monthly employment:

Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate increased in July, 2019 from 11.3% to this months' 12.8%. A year ago the unemployment rate was 3.6%, 9.2% higher today. The total workforce in July, 2019 was 541,287, which is 2.8% lower than last months 557,007 and is 2.8% lower than last months 554,449. The total number of unemployed in Rhode Island is 471,828 as compared to the revised figure from last month of 493,874 and 534,592 unemployed a year ago.

The chart below illustrates the change in the unemployment rate over the last year in Rhode Island:






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