Department of Numbers

Rhode Island Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Rhode Island fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.1%. 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 6.2 percentage points lower. You can also see Rhode Island unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Rhode Island 5.1% -0.1 -1.7

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 2015

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 35,605 fewer people unemployed in the state. Rhode Island job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Rhode Island 28,366 -430 -8,821

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Rhode Island from 1990 to December 2015

Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 5.1% 28,366
November 2015 5.0% 5.2% 28,796
October 2015 5.0% 5.3% 29,434
September 2015 5.1% 5.4% 30,396
August 2015 5.1% 5.7% 31,703
July 2015 5.3% 5.8% 32,301
June 2015 5.3% 5.9% 33,033
May 2015 5.5% 6.0% 33,119
April 2015 5.4% 6.1% 33,736
March 2015 5.5% 6.3% 34,672
February 2015 5.5% 6.4% 34,902