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:
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.
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