Department of Numbers

Rhode Island Job Growth

There were 495,400 jobs in Rhode Island in May 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 532,665 employed persons for the month. Rhode Island added 600 jobs in May 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 1,098 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Rhode Island job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 495,400 +600 +7,100
CPS 532,665 +1,098 +10,116

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 300 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 39,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Rhode Island reached a maximum of 547,275 in January 2007. 14,610 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 36,253 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2017

Rhode Island Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2017 495,400 600 532,665 1,098
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
November 2016 492,200 1,000 523,355 65
October 2016 491,200 600 523,290 112
September 2016 490,600 200 523,178 184
August 2016 490,400 -300 522,994 196
July 2016 490,700 800 522,798 154
June 2016 489,900 1,600 522,644 95