Department of Numbers

Rhode Island Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Rhode Island fell 0.5 percentage points in May 2021 to 5.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island peaked in April 2020 at 17.4% and is now 11.6 percentage points lower. You can also see Rhode Island unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Rhode Island 5.8% -0.5 -7.1

Note: All comparisons are made with May data as June state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Rhode Island, National

Rhode Island monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Rhode Island Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Rhode Island peaked in April 2020 at 94,704. There are now 63,517 fewer people unemployed in the state. Rhode Island job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Rhode Island 31,187 -2,662 -36,064

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Rhode Island from 1990 to May 2021

Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 5.8% 31,187
April 2021 6.1% 6.3% 33,849
March 2021 6.0% 7.0% 38,163
February 2021 6.2% 7.3% 39,163
January 2021 6.3% 7.2% 39,043
December 2020 6.7% 7.9% 42,758
November 2020 6.7% 7.9% 42,608
October 2020 6.9% 7.3% 38,946
September 2020 7.8% 10.9% 60,694
August 2020 8.4% 12.6% 66,705
July 2020 10.2% 14.0% 74,880