Department of Numbers

Rhode Island Job Growth

There were 495,500 jobs in Rhode Island in April 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 551,003 employed persons for the month. Rhode Island added 2,400 jobs in April 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 1,677 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Rhode Island job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 495,500 +2,400 +19,200
CPS 551,003 +1,677 +14,204

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 507,800. Since then 12,300 jobs have been lost in Rhode Island according to the employer survey. From a trough of 399,700 in April 2020, Rhode Island has gained 95,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Rhode Island reached a maximum of 555,744 in November 2019. 4,741 jobs have been lost in Rhode Island since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 446,095, Rhode Island has added 104,908 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2022

Rhode Island Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2022 495,500 2,400 551,003 1,677
March 2022 493,100 1,800 549,326 3,072
February 2022 491,300 4,300 546,254 1,353
January 2022 487,000 -1,000 544,901 1,045
December 2021 488,000 2,000 543,856 278
November 2021 486,000 2,500 543,578 597
October 2021 483,500 -1,400 542,981 1,141
September 2021 484,900 2,100 541,840 1,065
August 2021 482,800 -700 540,775 769
July 2021 483,500 3,300 540,006 759
June 2021 480,200 1,400 539,247 932
May 2021 478,800 2,500 538,315 1,516