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Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Providence fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2017 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Rhode Island rate. The unemployment rate in Providence peaked in September 2009 at 11.5% and is now 7.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Providence unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.6
Rhode Island 4.3% +0.1 -1.1
Providence 4.5% 0.0 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2017 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Providence, Rhode Island, National

Providence, Rhode Island monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Providence, Rhode Island Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Providence peaked in October 2009 at 80,093. There are now 49,377 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 28,277 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,439. Providence employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Providence, Rhode Island) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Providence 30,716 -229 -4,291

Number of Unemployed Persons

Providence, Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Providence
Unemployment Rate
Providence
Unemployed
August
2017
4.4% 4.3%
July
2017
4.3% 4.3% 4.5% 30,716
June
2017
4.4% 4.2% 4.5% 30,945
May
2017
4.3% 4.1% 4.1% 28,277
April
2017
4.4% 4.3% 4.5% 31,170
March
2017
4.5% 4.3% 4.3% 29,229
February
2017
4.7% 4.5% 4.4% 30,201
January
2017
4.8% 4.8% 4.5% 30,459
December
2016
4.7% 4.9% 4.6% 31,420
November
2016
4.6% 5.0% 4.8% 32,215
October
2016
4.8% 5.1% 4.9% 33,130
September
2016
4.9% 5.3% 5.0% 33,982

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.