Department of Numbers

Rhode Island Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Rhode Island fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2017 to 4.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island peaked in June 2009 at 11.3% and is now 7.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Rhode Island unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Rhode Island 4.2% 0.0 -0.9

Note: All comparisons are made with October data as November state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Rhode Island, National

Rhode Island monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Rhode Island Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Rhode Island peaked in June 2009 at 63,971. There are now 40,713 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 22,894 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 364. Rhode Island job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Rhode Island 23,258 +16 -5,120

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Rhode Island from 1990 to October 2017

Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployed
November 2017 4.1%
October 2017 4.1% 4.2% 23,258
September 2017 4.2% 4.2% 23,242
August 2017 4.4% 4.3% 23,745
July 2017 4.3% 4.3% 24,179
June 2017 4.4% 4.2% 23,287
May 2017 4.3% 4.1% 22,894
April 2017 4.4% 4.3% 23,941
March 2017 4.5% 4.3% 23,986
February 2017 4.7% 4.5% 25,054
January 2017 4.8% 4.8% 26,192
December 2016 4.7% 4.9% 27,250