Department of Numbers

Rhode Island Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Rhode Island rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 7.3%. The state unemployment rate was 1.1 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 10.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.2% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Rhode Island unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Rhode Island 7.3% +0.1 +3.3

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

Unemployment Rate: Rhode Island, National

Rhode Island monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 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 55,379 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 38,946 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 379. Rhode Island job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Rhode Island 39,325 +282 +17,127

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployed
March 2021 6.0%
February 2021 6.2% 7.3% 39,325
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
June 2020 11.1% 10.9% 55,754
May 2020 13.3% 12.9% 67,251
April 2020 14.8% 17.4% 94,704