Department of Numbers

Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island Job Growth

There were 583,800 jobs in Providence, Rhode Island in December 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 645,967 employed persons for the month. Providence lost 1,300 jobs in December 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 136 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Providence job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 583,800 -1,300 +3,300
CPS 645,967 -136 +3,949

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Providence, Rhode Island Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Providence 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 for Providence, Rhode Island

CES employment for Providence peaked in April 2006 at 588,200. Since then 4,400 jobs have been lost in Providence according to the employer survey. From a trough of 537,200 in September 2009, Providence has gained 46,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 671,164 for Providence in December 2006. 25,197 jobs have been lost in Providence since then according to the household survey. From a August 2011 low of 608,920, Providence has added 37,047 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2016

Providence, Rhode Island Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2016 583,800 -1,300 645,967 -136
November 2016 585,100 -1,600 646,103 211
October 2016 586,700 2,600 645,892 -439
September 2016 584,100 -100 646,331 -2,409
August 2016 584,200 -1,000 648,740 -910
July 2016 585,200 4,500 649,650 4,753
June 2016 580,700 2,000 644,897 2,158
May 2016 578,700 -2,200 642,739 -1,722
April 2016 580,900 -1,200 644,461 1,454
March 2016 582,100 3,100 643,007 2,765
February 2016 579,000 -1,500 640,242 -951
January 2016 580,500 0 641,193 -825