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Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Providence fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2022 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Rhode Island rate. The unemployment rate in Providence peaked in April 2020 at 19.1% and is now 15.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in July 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Providence unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
Rhode Island 3.6% +0.2 -1.1
Providence 3.5% 0.0 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2022 data as December 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 102,941 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 23,011 in July 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,968. Providence employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Providence, Rhode Island) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Providence 24,979 +483 -8,935

Number of Unemployed Persons

Providence, Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Providence
Unemployment Rate
Providence
Unemployed
December
2022
3.5%
November
2022
3.6% 3.6% 3.5% 24,979
October
2022
3.7% 3.4% 3.5% 24,496
September
2022
3.5% 3.1% 3.3% 23,701
August
2022
3.7% 2.8% 3.3% 23,246
July
2022
3.5% 2.7% 3.3% 23,011
June
2022
3.6% 2.7% 3.4% 24,201
May
2022
3.6% 2.9% 3.6% 25,153
April
2022
3.6% 3.2% 3.7% 26,436
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

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.