July 18, 2019
CRANSTON, R.I. - The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June remained at 3.6 percent, the Department of Labor and Training announced Thursday. Over the year, the unemployment rate is from the June 2018 rate of 4.0 percent.
The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in June 2019, up one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month and down three-tenths of a percentage point over the year.
The number of unemployed Rhode Island residents — those residents classified as available for and actively seeking employment — was 19,800, down 300 from May. Over the year, the number of unemployed decreased by 2,200.
“Last month, jobs based in Rhode Island reached a record high, and our unemployment level fell below the U.S. rate for the first time since 2017. The investments that we are making in workforce development are working, but there’s still more to do. We can’t take our foot off the gas,” said Department of Labor and Training Director Scott Jensen.
This month, UI claimants accounted for 44.7 percent of the total unemployed.
The number of employed Rhode Island residents was 532,400, up 300 from May. Over the year, the number of employed Rhode Island residents was down 1,100 from June 2018 (533,500).
The Rhode Island labor force totaled 552,100 in June 2019, down 100 from May 2019, and down 3,400 from June 2018 (555,500).
Nonfarm payrolls in Rhode Island rose to 502,200 in June, an increase of 2,800 jobs from the May revised payroll estimate of 499,400. The Rhode Island economy has not reported a monthly job decline since January. The number of jobs is up 4,500 since the start of the year and up 5,600 from June 2018.
Educational Services reported the largest job gain over the month. Employment was up 1,500 in June due mainly to seasonal increases within the state’s private colleges and universities. Over the year, jobs were up 1,400.
The Professional & Business Services sector added 500 jobs in June, recovering almost all of the 600 jobs lost in May. Over the year, Professional & Business Services employment is down 1,400.
Five consecutive months of job gains in the Health Care & Social Assistance sector has pushed the employment level to 83,100, an all-time high. This industry sector added 300 jobs in June. Employment in Health Care & Social Assistance is up 2,300 from June 2018.
The Accommodation & Food Services and Arts, Entertainment & Recreation sectors each added 300 jobs in June. Through the job gain, Accommodation & Food Services reached the 50,000-employment mark for the first time. Over the year, jobs are up 500 in the Accommodation & Food Services sector and down 200 in Arts, Entertainment & Recreation.
Both the Government and Information sectors added 200 jobs in June. Employment within each sector is up 400 from a year ago.
Lastly, 100 jobs were added in the Wholesale Trade sector. The number of jobs within this sector is up 900 from June of last year.
The Financial Activities sector lost 400 jobs in June, marking the first monthly job decline since December 2018. Over the year, jobs are up 600 in this industry sector.
A loss of 100 jobs was reported in both the Manufacturing and Other Services sectors. A year-over-year loss of 1,400 jobs was reported in Manufacturing, while a year over year gain of 800 jobs was noted in Other Services.
The number of jobs in June remained unchanged in the Construction, Retail Trade and Transportation & Utilities sectors. The number of jobs in Transportation & Utilities and Construction is up 900 and 700, respectively, from a year ago, while Retail Trade employment is down 300 over the year.
Manufacturing Hours and Earnings
In June 2019, production workers in the Manufacturing sector earned $19.87 per hour, up thirty-four cents from May 2019, and up fifty-two cents from June 2018.
Manufacturing employees worked an average of 38.8 hours per week in June, down one-tenth of an hour over the month, and down two and two-tenths hours from a year ago.
*Refers to the number of new and reopened claims filed by UI beneficiaries and claims filed by those already collecting UI in the week that includes the 12th of the month.
Methodology: The unemployment figures are based largely on a survey of households in Rhode Island and measure the unemployment status of people who live in the state. Unemployment rates prior to 1976 are not recognized by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as official since the methodology used at that time is not comparable to today’s methods. The establishment of employment figures is derived from a survey of businesses in Rhode Island and measures the number of jobs in the state. Rhode Island labor market information is available at www.dlt.ri.gov/lmi. Additional information on procedures for producing Current Employment Statistics (CES) estimates is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/sae/cesprocs.htm. BLS will be releasing all states’ June labor force data and job counts on July 19, 2019. The Department of Labor and Training is scheduled to release the July 2019 labor force figures and job counts at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 15, 2019.
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