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 April 2022 to 3.2%. 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 15.2 percentage points lower. You can also see Rhode Island unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Rhode Island 3.2% -0.2 -2.9

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

Unemployment Rate: Rhode Island, National

Rhode Island monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 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 82,244 fewer people unemployed in the state. Rhode Island job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Rhode Island 18,021 -1,547 -16,608

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployed
May 2022 3.6%
April 2022 3.6% 3.2% 18,021
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
October 2021 4.6% 5.0% 28,565
September 2021 4.7% 5.4% 30,850
August 2021 5.2% 5.8% 33,468
July 2021 5.4% 6.0% 34,771
June 2021 5.9% 6.2% 35,492