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 February 2015 to 6.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 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 5.0 percentage points lower. You can also see Rhode Island unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% -0.2 -1.2
Rhode Island 6.3% -0.2 -2.1

Unemployment Rate: Rhode Island, National

Rhode Island monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 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 29,185 fewer people unemployed in the state. Rhode Island job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Rhode Island 34,786 -1,066 -11,877

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployed
February 2015 5.5% 6.3% 34,786
January 2015 5.7% 6.5% 35,852
December 2014 5.6% 6.8% 37,187
November 2014 5.8% 6.9% 37,930
October 2014 5.7% 7.0% 38,835
September 2014 5.9% 7.2% 39,829
August 2014 6.1% 7.4% 40,856
July 2014 6.2% 7.6% 41,894
June 2014 6.1% 7.7% 42,916
May 2014 6.3% 7.9% 43,901
April 2014 6.2% 8.1% 44,854
March 2014 6.6% 8.2% 45,779