Rhode Island Monthly Employment Statistics

  • 533,540 employed workers
  • 19,566 unemployed workers
  • 3.5% unemployment rate

Workforce Data

The total employment for Rhode Island is 503,900, which is 1,300 greater than last month, an increase of 0.26%. The total employment a year ago was 496,800, which is 7,100 lower than today. Employment has increased by 1.43% in the last year. Last months' employment total was revised from 502,600 to 502,200. This revision is a change of 0.08% from the preliminary numbers.

The Health and Education Services sectors are the leading employers in Rhode Island. There are 111,100 employees in the sector. Last month the sector had 110,200 employees last month, an increase of 900 (0.82%). Last year the sector had 106,600 employees last year, an increase of 4,500 (4.22%).

The chart below illustrates the total monthly employment:


In the month of July, 2019 the average hours worked was 38.4, this was a decrease from last month, which averaged 38.4 hours. This represents a change of 0.0%. Average hourly wages for the month were $20.14 per hour, which translates to $773.38 per week. Hourly wages increased over the last month from $19.85 per hour an increase of 1.5%. Weekly wages increased over the last month from $762.24 per week an increase of 1.5%.

A year ago, the average hours worked was 40.7 hourse per week, which is a decrease of 5.7%. Hourly wages have increased over the last year from $19.46 per hour, an increase of 3.5%. Weekly wages have increased over the last year from $792.02 per week, an increase of 2.4%.

The chart below illustrates the average monthly wages:

Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate decreased in July, 2019 from 3.6% to this months' 3.5%. A year ago the unemployment rate was 3.9%, 0.4% lower today. The total workforce in July, 2019 was 553,106, which is 0.2% higher than last months 552,132 and is 0.2% lower than last months 555,600. The total number of unemployed in Rhode Island is 19,566 as compared to the revised figure from last month of 19,787 and 21,791 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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About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.