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Quarterly Census of RI Employment and Wages
2015-2016 Comparison
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Summary of Findings

The annual “Rhode Island Employment and Wage Analysis” report highlights Rhode Island’s employment and wage data in 2016 and provides a comparison to annual employment and wage data from 2015. Key findings for 2016 include:

u Between 2015 and 2016 Rhode Island added 3,465 private sector jobs, a 0.8 percent increase.

u The 2016 average annual private sector wage was $49,558, an increase of $823 from 2015.

u The Health Care & Social Assistance sector employed just over nineteen percent of the entire private sector workforce.

u Between 2015 and 2016, the Construction sector added 1,123 jobs, the largest gain among all private industry sectors.

u Twelve private industry sectors experienced employment gains between 2015 and 2016.

uAnnual wage growth was reported in seventeen of the nineteen private industry sectors.

uManagement of Companies & Enterprises was the highest paying industry sector, with workers averaging $119,462 in 2016.*

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

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