Department of Numbers

Rhode Island Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Rhode Island fell 0.3 percentage points in December 2016 to 5.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 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 6.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Rhode Island unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Rhode Island 5.0% -0.3 -0.4

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

Unemployment Rate: Rhode Island, National

Rhode Island monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 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 36,136 fewer people unemployed in the state. Rhode Island job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Rhode Island 27,835 -1,428 -2,183

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 5.0% 27,835
November 2016 4.6% 5.3% 29,263
October 2016 4.8% 5.5% 30,661
September 2016 4.9% 5.6% 31,144
August 2016 4.9% 5.6% 30,986
July 2016 4.9% 5.5% 30,518
June 2016 4.9% 5.5% 30,205
May 2016 4.7% 5.4% 29,783
April 2016 5.0% 5.4% 29,592
March 2016 5.0% 5.4% 29,941
February 2016 4.9% 5.4% 29,785