RI Department of Labor and Training
 MEDIA ADVISORY
 

First Quarter Data Shows Better-Than-Estimated Job Growth

July 15, 2013

First quarter tax data indicates that Rhode Island job growth was better than originally estimated, with 1,700 more jobs than first estimated in March 2013.

The latest estimates, released by the RI Department of Labor and Training, are based upon employment information from the state’s 32,000 private-sector employers, and show a RI job count of 468,600. Earlier estimates, released by the department in conjunction with the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, are based upon a sample of 1,700 employers.

These new estimates suggest an over-the-year improvement of 2,300 RI-based jobs and a growth rate of 0.5 percent. Earlier estimates suggested an over-the-year improvement of 600 jobs and a growth rate of 0.1 percent.

On the industry level, the new estimates show significantly improved performances in the Accommodation & Food Services sector and the Construction sector. Accommodation & Food Services showed a 1,900-job increase over original estimates; this revises the sector’s year-over-year performance from a loss of 800 jobs to a gain of 1,100 jobs. The construction sector showed a 1,100-job increase over original estimates, reducing its total job loss over the year from 1,300 to 200 jobs.

Sectors that showed downward revisions for March 2013 include Financial Activities (-700) and Educational Services (-700).

The RI Department of Labor and Training has chosen to release its own revisions on a quarterly basis, to better track the progress of the economic recovery. Because quarterly estimates are based on a larger data pool, they are considered to have a smaller margin of error than the monthly estimates the department produces. However, because tax data is not available until three months after a quarter closes, monthly estimates are still the most timely data available. The monthly estimates are also comparable from state to state.

RI-Based Jobs, March 2013 BLS estimates and DLT projections

 

BLS Published Estimates

BLS Published
Estimates

DLT Projected
Estimates

Projected
Revision

 

March 2012

March 2013

March 2013

March 2013

In thousands

Total Confirmed Jobs

466.3

466.9

468.6

1.7

Private Sector Jobs

406.2

407.3

408.4

1.1

Mining & Logging

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.0

Construction

16.6

15.3

16.4

1.1

 Manufacturing

39.5

40.2

39.8

(0.4)

Wholesale Trade

17.1

16.8

16.7

(0.1)

 Retail Trade

46.9

46.5

46.1

(0.4)

Transportation & Utilities

10.8

10.8

10.9

0.1

Information

31.3

9.2

9.1

(0.1)

Financial Activities

31.3

32.9

32.2

(0.7)

Professional & Business Services

55.9

58.2

57.9

(0.3)

Educational Services

25.2

24.5

23.8

(0.7)

Health Care & Social Assistance

78.7

79.1

79.5

0.4

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

7.6

7.8

8.0

0.2

Accommodation & Food Services

44.0

43.2

45.1

1.9

Other Services

22.4

22.6

22.7

0.1

Government

60.1

59.6

60.2

0.6

   Federal Government

10.2

10.2

10.2

0.0

   State Government

16.1

16.2

16.2

0.0

   Local Government

33.8

33.2

33.8

0.6

 

ABOUT DLT: The RI Department of Labor and Training offers employment services, educational services and economic opportunity to both individuals and employers. DLT protects Rhode Island’s workforce by enforcing labor laws, prevailing wage rates and workplace health and safety standards. The department also provides temporary income support to unemployed and temporarily disabled workers. For more information on the programs and services available to all Rhode Islanders, please call the RI Department of Labor and Training at (401) 462-8000 or visit the web site at www.dlt.ri.gov

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