Department of Numbers

Rhode Island Job Growth

There were 468,300 jobs in Rhode Island in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 506,992 employed persons for the month. Rhode Island added 400 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 1,207 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Rhode Island job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 468,300 +400 +54,000
CPS 506,992 +1,207 +53,300

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 507,200. Since then 38,900 jobs have been lost in Rhode Island according to the employer survey. From a trough of 399,200 in April 2020, Rhode Island has gained 69,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Rhode Island reached a maximum of 545,438 in January 2007. 38,446 jobs have been lost in Rhode Island since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 450,988, Rhode Island has added 56,004 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Rhode Island Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 468,300 400 506,992 1,207
April 2021 467,900 700 505,785 2,435
March 2021 467,200 2,600 503,350 3,771
February 2021 464,600 1,400 499,579 -1,614
January 2021 463,200 5,400 501,193 5,334
December 2020 457,800 -5,800 495,859 -343
November 2020 463,600 1,700 496,202 -712
October 2020 461,900 -700 496,914 -115
September 2020 462,600 5,300 497,029 33,752
August 2020 457,300 10,500 463,277 2,483
July 2020 446,800 10,800 460,794 3,555
June 2020 436,000 21,700 457,239 3,547