The annual report entitled "Rhode
Island Employment and Wage Analysis," highlights Rhode Island’s
employment and wage data in 2009 and provides a comparison to annual
employment and wage data from 2008. Key findings for 2009 include:
• Rhode Island lost 20,076 private sector jobs between 2008 and 2009.
• The 2009 average annual wage in the private sector increased by $221
• The Health Care & Social Assistance sector employed nearly 20
percent of the private sector employment.
• The Manufacturing sector lost 6,195 jobs, or 12.9 percent of the
workforce, between 2008 and 2009.
• Sixteen private industry sectors experienced employment losses between
2008 and 2009.
wage growth was reported in fourteen of the nineteen private industry
sectors, with the annual wage in the Utilities sector increasing by
of Companies & Enterprises was the highest paying sector, with
workers averaging $92,418 in 2009.