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Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Providence fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2021 to 5.2%. 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 13.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Providence unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Rhode Island 5.1% -0.2 -2.8
Providence 5.2% -0.2 -2.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 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 122,603. There are now 86,874 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 November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Providence 35,729 -1,369 -16,637

Number of Unemployed Persons

Providence, Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Providence
Unemployment Rate
Providence
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 5.1% 5.2% 35,729
October
2021
4.6% 5.3% 5.4% 37,098
September
2021
4.7% 5.2% 5.4% 38,045
August
2021
5.2% 5.8% 5.8% 38,802
July
2021
5.4% 5.7% 5.9% 38,903
June
2021
5.9% 5.9% 6.0% 39,463
May
2021
5.8% 6.0% 5.9% 39,245
April
2021
6.0% 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
6.4% 7.2% 7.3% 49,678

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.