Rhode Island Employment Statistics

  • 38,009 employers
  • 482,020 employees
  • $1,032 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 6.3% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 22.5% above the national average

For complete coverage and the latest employment statistics as compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, see: Rhode Island Employment Statistics

State Business & Employment Since 2009

  • 2,673 more businesses
  • 33,178 more employees
  • 7.4% increase in total wages
  • $10,247 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 23.6% increase in wages per employee

For our analysis of key data changes for business and employment data since the end of the recession in 2009, see: Rhode Island Employment Growth Since the Recession


Business & Employment by County

County with the Most Businesses: Providence County Rhode Island, 17,993
County with the Most Employees: Providence County Rhode Island, 251,798
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: Providence County Rhode Island, $1,038
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Providence County Rhode Island, 4.5%

For a breakout of business and employment data by county for the state of Rhode Island, see: Rhode Island Employment Statistics by County

Occupations

For a breakout of occupations across the state of Rhode Island see: Rhode Island Occupational Statistics

Monthly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 533,540 employed workers
  • 19,566 unemployed workers
  • 3.5% unemployment rate

Monthly employment, unemployment and wage data for the state of Rhode Island, see: Rhode Island Monthly Employment Data



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About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.