Department of Numbers

Rhode Island Job Growth

There were 468,400 jobs in Rhode Island in October 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 503,512 employed persons for the month. Rhode Island added 1,700 jobs in October 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 2,414 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Rhode Island job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey October 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 468,400 +1,700 -36,300
CPS 503,512 +2,414 -34,097

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 peaked in February 2020 for Rhode Island at 508,400. Since then 40,000 jobs have been lost in Rhode Island according to the employer survey. From a trough of 410,300 in April 2020, Rhode Island has gained 58,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Rhode Island reached a maximum of 547,423 in January 2007. 43,911 jobs have been lost in Rhode Island since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 433,290, Rhode Island has added 70,222 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2020

Rhode Island Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2020 468,400 1,700 503,512 2,414
September 2020 466,700 800 501,098 30,246
August 2020 465,900 6,600 470,852 -23,022
July 2020 459,300 13,300 493,874 11,472
June 2020 446,000 23,400 482,402 45,727
May 2020 422,600 12,300 436,675 3,385
April 2020 410,300 -88,200 433,290 -105,413
March 2020 498,500 -9,900 538,703 -1,048
February 2020 508,400 1,500 539,751 1,114
January 2020 506,900 1,200 538,637 1,055
December 2019 505,700 500 537,582 -94
November 2019 505,200 500 537,676 67