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Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Providence rose 0.3 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Rhode Island rate. The unemployment rate in Providence peaked in September 2009 at 11.5% and is now 6.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Providence unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Rhode Island 4.3% +0.1 -0.7
Providence 4.6% +0.3 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December 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 48,810 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 27,779 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,504. Providence employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Providence, Rhode Island) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Providence 31,283 +2,371 -932

Number of Unemployed Persons

Providence, Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Providence
Unemployment Rate
Providence
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.3% 4.6% 31,283
October
2017
4.1% 4.2% 4.3% 28,912
September
2017
4.2% 4.2% 4.1% 27,779
August
2017
4.4% 4.3% 4.2% 28,605
July
2017
4.3% 4.3% 4.5% 30,805
June
2017
4.3% 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

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.