Department of Numbers

Rhode Island Job Growth

There were 505,000 jobs in Rhode Island in December 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 539,377 employed persons for the month. Rhode Island added 2,200 jobs in December 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 243 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Rhode Island job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 505,000 +2,200 +7,100
CPS 539,377 -243 +8,228

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 2018 for Rhode Island is at a new high of 505,000.

CPS employment in Rhode Island reached a maximum of 547,423 in January 2007. 8,046 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 42,984 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2018

Rhode Island Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2018 505,000 2,200 539,377 -243
November 2018 502,800 -800 539,620 -281
October 2018 503,600 1,000 539,901 62
September 2018 502,600 500 539,839 219
August 2018 502,100 -2,200 539,620 979
July 2018 504,300 1,700 538,641 1,809
June 2018 502,600 2,700 536,832 1,671
May 2018 499,900 800 535,161 1,472
April 2018 499,100 700 533,689 944
March 2018 498,400 -400 532,745 745
February 2018 498,800 1,100 532,000 538
January 2018 497,700 -200 531,462 313