Department of Numbers

Rhode Island Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Rhode Island rose 0.1 percentage points in June 2016 to 5.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 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 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.4% in December 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Rhode Island unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate June 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% +0.2 -0.4
Rhode Island 5.5% +0.1 -0.5

Unemployment Rate: Rhode Island, National

Rhode Island monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to June 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 33,814 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 29,592 in April 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 565. Rhode Island job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Rhode Island 30,157 +374 -3,306

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployed
June 2016 4.9% 5.5% 30,157
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
January 2016 4.9% 5.4% 29,601
December 2015 5.0% 5.4% 30,018
November 2015 5.0% 5.5% 30,293
October 2015 5.0% 5.6% 30,712
September 2015 5.1% 5.6% 31,244
August 2015 5.1% 5.8% 31,898
July 2015 5.3% 5.9% 32,660