Department of Numbers

Rhode Island Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Rhode Island fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2021 to 5.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island peaked in April 2020 at 17.4% and is now 12.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Rhode Island unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Rhode Island 5.1% -0.2 -2.8

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

Unemployment Rate: Rhode Island, National

Rhode Island monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 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 66,376 fewer people unemployed in the state. Rhode Island job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Rhode Island 28,328 -1,159 -14,280

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployed
December 2021 3.9%
November 2021 4.2% 5.1% 28,328
October 2021 4.6% 5.3% 29,487
September 2021 4.7% 5.2% 30,157
August 2021 5.2% 5.8% 30,887
July 2021 5.4% 5.7% 30,815
June 2021 5.9% 5.9% 31,885
May 2021 5.8% 6.0% 32,630
April 2021 6.0% 6.3% 33,849
March 2021 6.0% 7.0% 38,163
February 2021 6.2% 7.3% 39,163
January 2021 6.4% 7.2% 39,043