Department of Numbers

Rhode Island Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Rhode Island rose 0.2 percentage points in November 2020 to 7.3%. 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 April 2020 at 18.1% and is now 10.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.1% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Rhode Island unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Rhode Island 7.3% +0.2 +3.8

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 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Rhode Island Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Rhode Island peaked in April 2020 at 95,779. There are now 56,561 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 38,578 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 640. Rhode Island job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Rhode Island 39,218 +640 +19,922

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Rhode Island from 1990 to November 2020

Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 7.3% 39,218
October 2020 6.9% 7.1% 38,578
September 2020 7.8% 10.5% 58,642
August 2020 8.4% 12.9% 69,524
July 2020 10.2% 11.3% 63,133
June 2020 11.1% 12.6% 69,364
May 2020 13.3% 16.4% 85,781
April 2020 14.8% 18.1% 95,779
March 2020 4.4% 4.7% 26,460
February 2020 3.5% 3.4% 18,780
January 2020 3.5% 3.4% 18,946