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Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Providence fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.7%. 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 19.1% and is now 15.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Providence unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Rhode Island 3.2% -0.2 -2.9
Providence 3.7% -0.2 -2.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 127,920. There are now 101,505 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 April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Providence 26,415 -1,379 -18,166

Number of Unemployed Persons

Providence, Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Providence
Unemployment Rate
Providence
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 3.2% 3.7% 26,415
March
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.9% 27,794
February
2022
3.8% 3.9% 4.3% 30,184
January
2022
4.0% 4.2% 4.5% 31,931
December
2021
3.9% 4.5% 4.8% 34,147
November
2021
4.2% 4.7% 4.8% 33,914
October
2021
4.6% 5.0% 4.9% 34,395
September
2021
4.7% 5.4% 5.2% 36,593
August
2021
5.2% 5.8% 5.6% 39,240
July
2021
5.4% 6.0% 5.9% 41,564
June
2021
5.9% 6.2% 6.1% 43,074

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.