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Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Providence fell 0.4 percentage points in January 2021 to 7.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Rhode Island rate. The unemployment rate in Providence peaked in April 2020 at 18.5% and is now 11.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.1% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Providence unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Rhode Island 7.2% -0.7 +3.4
Providence 7.5% -0.4 +4.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 69,842 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 47,608 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,191. Providence employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Providence, Rhode Island) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Providence 50,799 -2,521 +27,019

Number of Unemployed Persons

Providence, Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Providence
Unemployment Rate
Providence
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 7.3%
January
2021
6.3% 7.2% 7.5% 50,799
December
2020
6.7% 7.9% 7.9% 53,320
November
2020
6.7% 7.9% 7.1% 47,608
October
2020
6.9% 7.3% 7.1% 47,736
September
2020
7.8% 10.9% 10.4% 72,791
August
2020
8.4% 12.6% 13.0% 87,257
July
2020
10.2% 14.0% 12.5% 86,256
June
2020
11.1% 10.9% 14.0% 95,580
May
2020
13.3% 12.9% 17.0% 110,339
April
2020
14.8% 17.4% 18.5% 120,641

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.