Department of Numbers

Rhode Island Job Growth

There were 501,900 jobs in Rhode Island in August 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 539,624 employed persons for the month. Rhode Island lost 2,400 jobs in August 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 983 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Rhode Island job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 501,900 -2,400 +6,400
CPS 539,624 +983 +8,948

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 July 2018 for Rhode Island at 504,300. Since then 2,400 jobs have been lost in Rhode Island according to the employer survey.

CPS employment in Rhode Island reached a maximum of 547,423 in January 2007. 7,799 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 43,231 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2018

Rhode Island Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2018 501,900 -2,400 539,624 983
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
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