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Quarterly Census of RI Employment and Wages
Annual 2016 City/Town Analysis
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Rhode Island private sector employment averaged 414,501 in 2016, an increase of 3,465 (+0.8%) jobs from 2015. The employment growth in 2016 marks six consecutive year-over-year job gains, totaling over 27,400 private sector jobs. The last time the Ocean State experienced six consecutive year-over-year private sector job gains, was between 1996 and 2001, when 31,000 jobs were added. 

In all, twenty-six of the thirty-nine Rhode Island cities and towns reported employment growth in 2016, while thirteen cities/towns reported employment losses.   

The 2016 average annual wage in the private sector was $49,558, an increase of $823 (+1.7%) from the $48,736 earned in 2015. Seventeen of the nineteen private industry sectors reported an annual wage increase between 2015 and 2016. The Management of Companies & Enterprises and Mining & Logging sectors were the lone employment sectors to report an annual wage loss from 2015.  

City/Town Analysis - Private sector

Private sector employment (RI residents and non-residents employed within East Providence’s city limit) in East Providence experienced a gain of 1,107 (+5.8%) jobs between 2015 and 2016, the largest increase of its kind among all Rhode Island communities. Within East Providence, the Finance & Insurance sector added 763 (+33.7%) jobs from 2015, while the Accommodation & Food Services (+129) and Manufacturing (+124) sectors also reported sizable employment gains. Cranston (+484), Lincoln (+432), Johnston (+375) and Providence (+347) also reported notable private sector employment growth during this period. 

The municipalities of Little Compton (+9.6%), Burrillville (+6.3%) and Warren (+5.9%) experienced the largest employment increase on a percentage basis from 2015.

Pawtucket lost 452 (-2.1%) private sector jobs between 2015 and 2016, the largest numeric employment decline among Rhode Island’s thirty-nine cities and towns. A loss of 406 jobs was reported Smithfield, followed by Woonsocket (-257), Portsmouth (-117) and Bristol (-112).

Smithfield experienced the largest employment decrease on a percentage basis as private sector employment fell by 2.8 percent from 2015. 

In Rhode Island, over $20.5 billion in private sector wages was earned in 2016, an increase of $509.8 million (+2.5%) from 2015. As noted earlier, the average annual wage in 2016 was $49,558, a gain of $823 (+1.7%) from 2015. The 2016 average weekly wage in the private sector increased to $953 or $16 (+1.7%) more than the $937 earned in 2015. 

Employees working in West Greenwich earned an average annual wage of $78,000 in 2016, the highest private sector average annual wage among all Rhode Island cities and towns. Smithfield ($77,832), Woonsocket ($64,321), Portsmouth ($56,900) and Providence ($55,868) also reported sizable annual earnings in 2016.

2016 Annual City & Town Analysis

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

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