Department of Numbers

Rhode Island Job Growth

There were 497,700 jobs in Rhode Island in November 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 530,718 employed persons for the month. Rhode Island added 600 jobs in November 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 783 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Rhode Island job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 497,700 +600 +5,500
CPS 530,718 -783 +7,363

Rhode Island Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for Rhode Island as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment in Rhode Island

CES employment peaked in July 2017 for Rhode Island at 499,700. Since then 2,000 jobs have been lost in Rhode Island according to the employer survey. From a trough of 496,000 in September 2017, Rhode Island has gained 1,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Rhode Island reached a maximum of 547,275 in January 2007. 16,557 jobs have been lost in Rhode Island since then according to the household survey. From a November 2011 low of 496,412, Rhode Island has added 34,306 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2017

Rhode Island Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2017 497,700 600 530,718 -783
October 2017 497,100 1,100 531,501 -460
September 2017 496,000 -2,800 531,961 -560
August 2017 498,800 -900 532,521 -310
July 2017 499,700 3,600 532,831 -383
June 2017 496,100 -300 533,214 355
May 2017 496,400 1,600 532,859 1,292
April 2017 494,800 0 531,567 1,430
March 2017 494,800 -500 530,137 2,855
February 2017 495,300 2,300 527,282 2,432
January 2017 493,000 1,700 524,850 1,513
December 2016 491,300 -900 523,337 -18