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Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Providence fell 1.6 percentage points in July 2020 to 12.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points higher than the Rhode Island rate. The unemployment rate in Providence peaked in April 2020 at 18.5% and is now 6.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Providence unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 10.2% -0.9 +6.5
Rhode Island 11.3% -1.3 +7.7
Providence 12.4% -1.6 +8.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2020 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 120,641. There are now 35,350 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 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Providence 85,291 -10,289 +60,489

Number of Unemployed Persons

Providence, Rhode Island Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Rhode Island
Unemployment Rate
Providence
Unemployment Rate
Providence
Unemployed
August
2020
8.4% 12.8%
July
2020
10.2% 11.3% 12.4% 85,291
June
2020
11.1% 12.6% 14.0% 95,580
May
2020
13.3% 16.4% 17.0% 110,339
April
2020
14.7% 18.1% 18.5% 120,641
March
2020
4.4% 4.7% 4.3% 29,726
February
2020
3.5% 3.4% 3.3% 23,184
January
2020
3.6% 3.4% 3.4% 23,780
December
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.4% 23,973
November
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.5% 24,091
October
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.5% 24,249
September
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.5% 24,435

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.