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 October 2014 to 7.4%. The state unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island peaked in December 2009 at 11.9% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. You can also see Rhode Island unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.1 -1.4
Rhode Island 7.4% -0.2 -2.0

Unemployment Rate: Rhode Island, National

Rhode Island monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Rhode Island Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Rhode Island peaked in February 2010 at 68,143. There are now 27,278 fewer people unemployed in the state. Rhode Island job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Rhode Island 40,865 -1,460 -11,275

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Rhode Island from 1990 to October 2014

Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployed
October 2014 5.8% 7.4% 40,865
September 2014 5.9% 7.6% 42,325
August 2014 6.1% 7.6% 42,555
July 2014 6.2% 7.7% 43,140
June 2014 6.1% 7.9% 44,186
May 2014 6.3% 8.2% 45,607
April 2014 6.3% 8.3% 46,222
March 2014 6.7% 8.7% 48,453
February 2014 6.7% 9.0% 49,613
January 2014 6.6% 9.2% 50,546
December 2013 6.7% 9.3% 51,055
November 2013 7.0% 9.4% 51,586
October 2013 7.2% 9.4% 52,140