Department of Numbers

Rhode Island Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Rhode Island fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2018 to 4.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island peaked in May 2010 at 11.3% and is now 6.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Rhode Island unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Rhode Island 4.4% -0.1 0.0

Unemployment Rate: Rhode Island, National

Rhode Island monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Rhode Island Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Rhode Island peaked in June 2010 at 64,077. There are now 39,310 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 24,246 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 521. Rhode Island job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Rhode Island 24,767 -389 +521

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Rhode Island from 1990 to May 2018

Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployed
May 2018 3.8% 4.4% 24,767
April 2018 3.9% 4.5% 25,156
March 2018 4.1% 4.5% 25,295
February 2018 4.1% 4.6% 25,365
January 2018 4.1% 4.5% 25,159
December 2017 4.1% 4.5% 25,118
November 2017 4.1% 4.5% 25,133
October 2017 4.1% 4.5% 25,071
September 2017 4.2% 4.5% 24,865
August 2017 4.4% 4.4% 24,619
July 2017 4.3% 4.4% 24,394
June 2017 4.3% 4.4% 24,254