Department of Numbers

Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island Job Growth

There were 556,500 jobs in Providence, Rhode Island in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 626,036 employed persons for the month. Providence added 1,500 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 470 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Providence job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 556,500 +1,500 -47,000
CPS 626,036 -470 -45,516

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Providence, Rhode Island Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Providence 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 for Providence, Rhode Island

CES employment for Providence peaked in February 2020 at 603,500. Since then 47,000 jobs have been lost in Providence according to the employer survey. From a trough of 476,000 in April 2020, Providence has gained 80,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 671,552 for Providence in February 2020. 45,516 jobs have been lost in Providence since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 530,617, Providence has added 95,419 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Providence, Rhode Island Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 556,500 1,500 626,036 -470
January 2021 555,000 6,500 626,506 7,322
December 2020 548,500 -4,800 619,184 -3,257
November 2020 553,300 800 622,441 -2,562
October 2020 552,500 1,600 625,003 733
September 2020 550,900 7,500 624,270 42,099
August 2020 543,400 12,800 582,171 -20,103
July 2020 530,600 11,800 602,274 14,330
June 2020 518,799 26,899 587,944 48,442
May 2020 491,900 15,900 539,502 8,885
April 2020 476,000 -124,200 530,617 -134,187
March 2020 600,200 -3,300 664,804 -6,748