Department of Numbers

Rhode Island Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Rhode Island fell 0.2 percentage points in January 2017 to 4.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island peaked in June 2009 at 11.3% and is now 6.6 percentage points lower. You can also see Rhode Island unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Rhode Island 4.7% -0.2 -0.7

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

Unemployment Rate: Rhode Island, National

Rhode Island monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 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 37,841 fewer people unemployed in the state. Rhode Island job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Rhode Island 26,130 -1,120 -3,828

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployed
February 2017 4.7%
January 2017 4.8% 4.7% 26,130
December 2016 4.7% 4.9% 27,250
November 2016 4.6% 5.0% 27,785
October 2016 4.8% 5.1% 28,378
September 2016 4.9% 5.3% 28,990
August 2016 4.9% 5.3% 29,545
July 2016 4.9% 5.4% 29,938
June 2016 4.9% 5.4% 30,100
May 2016 4.7% 5.4% 30,051
April 2016 5.0% 5.4% 29,922
March 2016 5.0% 5.4% 29,835