Department of Numbers

Rhode Island Job Growth

There were 498,900 jobs in Rhode Island in February 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 532,007 employed persons for the month. Rhode Island added 1,200 jobs in February 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 545 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Rhode Island job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 498,900 +1,200 +6,300
CPS 532,007 +545 +3,934

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 February 2018 for Rhode Island is at a new high of 498,900.

CPS employment in Rhode Island reached a maximum of 547,423 in January 2007. 15,416 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 35,614 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2018

Rhode Island Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2018 498,900 1,200 532,007 545
January 2018 497,700 -200 531,462 313
December 2017 497,900 300 531,149 -61
November 2017 497,600 800 531,210 -58
October 2017 496,800 1,700 531,268 203
September 2017 495,100 -400 531,065 389
August 2017 495,500 900 530,676 452
July 2017 494,600 -300 530,224 514
June 2017 494,900 2,100 529,710 414
May 2017 492,800 700 529,296 380
April 2017 492,100 200 528,916 394
March 2017 491,900 -700 528,522 449