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 May 2016 to 5.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 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 5.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.4% in December 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Rhode Island unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
Rhode Island 5.4% 0.0 -0.7

Unemployment Rate: Rhode Island, National

Rhode Island monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2016

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 34,236 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 29,592 in April 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 143. Rhode Island job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Rhode Island 29,735 +143 -4,464

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Rhode Island from 1990 to May 2016

Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployed
May 2016 4.7% 5.4% 29,735
April 2016 5.0% 5.4% 29,592
March 2016 5.0% 5.4% 29,941
February 2016 4.9% 5.4% 29,785
January 2016 4.9% 5.4% 29,601
December 2015 5.0% 5.4% 30,018
November 2015 5.0% 5.5% 30,293
October 2015 5.0% 5.6% 30,712
September 2015 5.1% 5.6% 31,244
August 2015 5.1% 5.8% 31,898
July 2015 5.3% 5.9% 32,660
June 2015 5.3% 6.0% 33,463