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Quarterly Census of RI Employment and Wages
2008-2009 Comparison
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Summary of Findings

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 from 2008.

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.

Annual wage growth was reported in fourteen of the nineteen private industry sectors, with the annual wage in the Utilities sector increasing by $3,251.

Management of Companies & Enterprises was the highest paying sector, with workers averaging $92,418 in 2009.

Quarterly bonuses and exercised stock options are included in the calculation and therefore may impact the average annual wage.


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