Department of Numbers

Rhode Island Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Rhode Island rose 0.3 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island peaked in April 2020 at 18.4% and is now 15.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in June 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see Rhode Island unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Rhode Island 3.1% +0.3 -2.3

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

Unemployment Rate: Rhode Island, National

Rhode Island monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Rhode Island Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Rhode Island peaked in April 2020 at 100,265. There are now 82,602 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 15,339 in July 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,324. Rhode Island job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Rhode Island 17,663 +1,315 -13,187

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Rhode Island from 1990 to September 2022

Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployed
October 2022 3.7%
September 2022 3.5% 3.1% 17,663
August 2022 3.7% 2.8% 16,348
July 2022 3.5% 2.7% 15,339
June 2022 3.6% 2.7% 15,727
May 2022 3.6% 2.9% 16,502
April 2022 3.6% 3.2% 18,034
March 2022 3.6% 3.4% 19,568
February 2022 3.8% 3.9% 22,345
January 2022 4.0% 4.2% 23,989
December 2021 3.9% 4.5% 25,741
November 2021 4.2% 4.7% 26,720