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Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Providence fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 5.9%. 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 April 2020 at 18.5% and is now 12.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.9% in May 2021, 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 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Rhode Island 5.8% -0.1 -8.2
Providence 5.9% -0.1 -7.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 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 April 2020 at 122,603. There are now 83,691 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 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Providence 38,912 -551 -47,503

Number of Unemployed Persons

Providence, Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Providence
Unemployment Rate
Providence
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 5.8% 5.9% 38,912
June
2021
5.9% 5.9% 6.0% 39,463
May
2021
5.8% 6.0% 5.9% 39,245
April
2021
6.1% 6.3% 6.0% 40,329
March
2021
6.0% 7.0% 7.1% 47,661
February
2021
6.2% 7.3% 7.2% 48,635
January
2021
6.3% 7.2% 7.3% 49,678
December
2020
6.7% 7.9% 7.5% 50,001
November
2020
6.7% 7.9% 7.8% 52,366
October
2020
6.9% 7.3% 7.4% 49,368
September
2020
7.8% 10.9% 10.5% 72,695

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.