Department of Numbers

Rhode Island Job Growth

There were 506,300 jobs in Rhode Island in December 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 539,113 employed persons for the month. Rhode Island added 100 jobs in December 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 1,251 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Rhode Island job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey December 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 506,300 +100 +8,600
CPS 539,113 +1,251 +5,060

Rhode Island Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for Rhode Island as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment in Rhode Island

CES employment in December 2019 for Rhode Island is at a new high of 506,300.

CPS employment in Rhode Island reached a maximum of 547,423 in January 2007. 8,310 jobs have been lost in Rhode Island since then according to the household survey. From a November 2011 low of 496,393, Rhode Island has added 42,720 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2019

Rhode Island Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2019 506,300 100 539,113 1,251
November 2019 506,200 500 537,862 1,382
October 2019 505,700 2,300 536,480 1,221
September 2019 503,400 -600 535,259 667
August 2019 504,000 600 534,592 1,102
July 2019 503,400 800 533,490 1,145
June 2019 502,600 3,200 532,345 242
May 2019 499,400 100 532,103 -405
April 2019 499,300 3,200 532,508 -436
March 2019 496,100 900 532,944 -535
February 2019 495,200 0 533,479 -416
January 2019 495,200 -2,500 533,895 -158