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Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Providence fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Rhode Island rate. The unemployment rate in Providence peaked in July 2009 at 11.4% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in April 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Providence unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Rhode Island 3.5% -0.1 -0.4
Providence 3.6% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 September 2009 at 79,926. There are now 55,254 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 July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Providence 24,672 -181 -3,022

Number of Unemployed Persons

Providence, Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Providence
Unemployment Rate
Providence
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.6%
July
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.6% 24,672
June
2019
3.7% 3.6% 3.6% 24,853
May
2019
3.6% 3.6% 3.6% 24,928
April
2019
3.6% 3.7% 3.6% 24,910
March
2019
3.8% 3.8% 3.7% 25,666
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.8% 26,558
January
2019
4.0% 4.0% 3.9% 27,255
December
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.0% 27,442
November
2018
3.7% 4.0% 4.0% 27,413
October
2018
3.8% 4.0% 4.0% 27,367

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.