The annual report entitled
"Rhode Island Employment and Wage Analysis" provides a
brief overview of the employment situations in Bristol, Kent,
Newport and Washington Counties, as well as two distinct areas
of Providence County — Northern Rhode Island* and Providence
Key findings for 2012 include:
• The Rhode Island economy
added 3,518 (+0.9%) private sector jobs between 2011 and 2012;
marking the largest over-the-year employment gain since 2003, as
3,756 (+0.9%) jobs were added between 2002 and 2003. The two
Providence County areas, the Providence Metro Area (+1,308) and
the Northern Rhode Island area (+992) combined to add 2,300 jobs
during this period. Washington County (+684) and Kent County
(+337) also reported job gains between 2011 and 2012, while
Newport County (-169) and Bristol County (-54) reported job
• Nearly 60 percent of the
392,758 Rhode Island-based private sector jobs were located in
Providence County, with Providence Metro accounting for 40.0
percent and Northern Rhode Island accounting for 19.9 percent of
the state’s employment. Kent County accounted for 16.6 percent
of the state’s private sector workforce, followed by
Washington County (10.4%), Newport County (7.8%) and Bristol
• The City of Cranston
reported the greatest numeric increase in private sector
employment between 2011 and 2012 with an addition of 906 (+3.3%)
jobs reported. The town’s of Smithfield (+755) and North
Kingstown (+297) also reported large numeric employment gains
during this period.
• In all, twenty-eight of
thirty-nine Rhode Island cities and towns reported job growth
between 2011 and 2012, while eleven cities and towns experienced
negative job growth.
• The statewide average
annual wage in the private sector increased 2.4 percent, or
$1,055, from the $43,526 earned in 2011 to the $44,581 earned in
• Between 2011 and 2012,
private sector wages in the Northern RI area experienced an
annual wage increase of 3.2 percent, the largest increase among
all Rhode Island counties and the Providence Metro area. The
annual wage increase in Kent County was 2.8 percent, followed by
Washington County (+2.4%), Bristol County (+2.2%), Providence
Metro area (+1.6%) and Newport County (+1.1%).
*Northern Rhode Island
includes: Burrillville, Central Falls, Cumberland, Glocester,
Lincoln, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Smithfield and Woonsocket.
**Providence Metro includes: Cranston, East Providence, Foster,
Johnston, North Providence, Providence and Scituate.
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