Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training


RI Department of Labor and Training releases Kent County economic data for Q3 2006(pdf)

May 4, 2007


Kent County employed more than 75,000 workers and paid over $820 million in wages during the third quarter of 2006, according to RI Employment and Wage Data by County, a new report by the RI Department of Labor and Training.

Adelita Orefice, director of the RI Department of Labor and Training, commented on the data: "Retail Trade remains the largest employment sector in Kent County, despite sizable declines from last year." Retail Trade accounted for 11,945 jobs in Kent County in the third quarter of 2006, down 429 jobs from the third quarter in 2006.

Governor Donald L. Carcieri added: "My administration has worked hard over the last four years to create jobs and generate business opportunities for all the counties in our state. As a result of these efforts, Rhode Island leads all New England states in percentage job growth since the end of the last recession. And, our state boasts the highest number of Rhode Island-based jobs in history."

Among the highlights for the Kent County area, which includes Coventry, East Greenwich, Warwick, West Greenwich and West Warwick, were:

  • Combined, the sectors representing Retail Trade, Health Care & Social Assistance, Manufacturing, and Accommodation & Food Services comprise more than 50 percent of the county's jobs.

  • The average weekly wage in Kent County in the third quarter of 2006 was $842, a 21 percent increase from the same time period last year and the largest increase among all counties in Rhode Island. This growth rate was five times higher than the statewide growth rate of 4 percent, and can be attributed to large employee bonuses paid in the Professional & Technical Services sector. The statewide weekly wage for the third quarter of 2006 was $730.

  • The Professional and Technical Services sector added 309 jobs from the third quarter of 2005 to the third quarter of 2006, achieving the largest net gains of any sector in the county.

  • At 9 percent job growth, West Greenwich saw the highest job growth rate among not only the Kent County communities but also all Rhode Island communities between the third quarter of 2005 and the third quarter of 2006. During this time period, West Greenwich gained 358 private sector jobs.

Statewide, Rhode Island generated approximately $4 billion in wages during the third quarter of 2006 and counted 424,450 in-state jobs. Of these jobs, nearly 60 percent were located in Providence County. Employment gains were reported in nearly all areas, with the largest gains noted in Providence Metro (+1,054), Newport County (+564) and Northern Rhode Island (+526). Bristol County was the only area to report job losses (-168) during this period.

The RI Employment and Wage Data by County report offers the latest workforce data for Bristol, Kent, Newport and Washington Counties, as well as two distinct subsets of Providence County-Providence Metro and Northern RI. The most recent report focuses on the third quarter of 2006, which is defined as July 1 through September 30.

The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training offers a wide array of employment and training services to both the general public and to individuals with unusual barriers to employment. DLT is ready to assist any job seeker, whether the goal is a first job, a better job, or a career change. Rhode Island's workforce is protected through the enforcement of labor laws, prevailing wage rates, and workplace health and safety standards. Temporary income support is available to unemployed, sick, or injured workers and a comprehensive rehabilitation program is available to those injured on the job.

DLT is dedicated to the growth and competitiveness of Rhode Island industry, administering a variety of training grants, tax credits, and apprenticeship programs to help employers. Economic indicators and labor market information are available for long-range planning. The Agency engages in active outreach, helping large and small employers retain their best workers or retrain their existing work force. At no cost to the employer, DLT will also screen job applicants, post job vacancies, and help businesses institute cost-sharing programs that can avert layoffs.

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