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RI Department of Labor and Training releases Northern Rhode Island Economic data for Q3 2006 (pdf)

May 4, 2007

Providence County-Northern RI municipalities employed 81,687 workers and paid nearly $740 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: "Northern RI outperformed the state slightly when it came to job creation in the third quarter of 2006." Between the third quarter of 2005 and the third quarter of 2006, Northern RI municipalities gained 526 jobs, a 0.7 percent employment growth rate. The employment growth rate for RI during the same time period was 0.5 percent.

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 Northern RI area, which includes Burrillville, Central Falls, Cumberland, Glocester, Lincoln, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Smithfield and Woonsocket, were:

  • With 14,400 jobs, the Health Care & Social Assistance sector accounted for the largest number of employment opportunities in Northern RI, followed by the Manufacturing sector and the Retail Trade sector.

  • The average weekly wage in Northern RI in the third quarter of 2006 was $697, a 2.3 percent increase from the same time period last year. The statewide weekly wage for the third quarter of 2006 was $730, a 4 percent increase from the previous year.

  • The Health Care & Social Assistance sector added 601 jobs from the third quarter of 2005 to the third quarter of 2006, achieving the largest net gains of any sector in the area. The largest net losses were seen in the Manufacturing sector, whose job numbers dropped by 583 over the same time period.

  • Cumberland saw the highest job growth for a Northern RI community between the third quarter of 2005 and the third quarter of 2006, adding 607 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.



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