Department of Numbers

Rhode Island Job Growth

There were 492,700 jobs in Rhode Island in November 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 526,269 employed persons for the month. Rhode Island added 400 jobs in November 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 343 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Rhode Island job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 492,700 +400 +5,500
CPS 526,269 -343 +3,989

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 December 2006 for Rhode Island at 495,700. Since then 3,000 jobs have been lost in Rhode Island according to the employer survey. From a trough of 455,900 in July 2009, Rhode Island has gained 36,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Rhode Island reached a maximum of 547,275 in January 2007. 21,006 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 29,857 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2016

Rhode Island Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2016 492,700 400 526,269 -343
October 2016 492,300 1,600 526,612 188
September 2016 490,700 -400 526,424 525
August 2016 491,100 -400 525,899 1,234
July 2016 491,500 2,000 524,665 1,330
June 2016 489,500 2,800 523,335 583
May 2016 486,700 -2,000 522,752 -443
April 2016 488,700 -1,900 523,195 352
March 2016 490,600 2,400 522,843 495
February 2016 488,200 300 522,348 -182
January 2016 487,900 -600 522,530 312
December 2015 488,500 1,300 522,218 -62