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Rhode Island Employment & Wage Analysis by County - 2012
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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 Metro.**

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 losses.

• 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 County (2.9%).

• 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 2012.

• 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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