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Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Providence fell 1.7 percentage points in May 2020 to 16.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Rhode Island rate. The unemployment rate in Providence peaked in April 2020 at 18.5% and is now 1.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Providence unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Rhode Island 16.3% -1.8 +12.7
Providence 16.8% -1.7 +13.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Providence, Rhode Island, National

Providence, Rhode Island monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Providence, Rhode Island Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Providence peaked in April 2020 at 120,641. There are now 11,598 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Providence employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Providence, Rhode Island) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Providence 109,043 -11,598 +84,086

Number of Unemployed Persons

Providence, Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Providence
Unemployment Rate
Providence
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 16.3% 16.8% 109,043
April
2020
14.7% 18.1% 18.5% 120,641
March
2020
4.4% 4.7% 4.3% 29,726
February
2020
3.5% 3.4% 3.3% 23,184
January
2020
3.6% 3.4% 3.4% 23,780
December
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.4% 23,973
November
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.5% 24,091
October
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.5% 24,249
September
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.5% 24,435
August
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.6% 24,632
July
2019
3.7% 3.6% 3.6% 24,802

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.