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Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Providence fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2018 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Rhode Island rate. The unemployment rate in Providence peaked in September 2009 at 11.5% and is now 7.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Providence unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Rhode Island 4.4% -0.1 0.0
Providence 4.2% -0.2 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 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 October 2009 at 80,093. There are now 50,664 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 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Providence 29,429 -1,198 -833

Number of Unemployed Persons

Providence, Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Providence
Unemployment Rate
Providence
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 4.4% 4.2% 29,429
April
2018
3.9% 4.5% 4.4% 30,627
March
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.3% 30,069
February
2018
4.1% 4.6% 4.5% 31,124
January
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.4% 30,126
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.5% 31,050
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.5% 30,770
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.4% 30,410
September
2017
4.2% 4.5% 4.4% 30,150
August
2017
4.4% 4.4% 4.4% 30,102
July
2017
4.3% 4.4% 4.4% 30,174

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.