Rhode Island’s private sector businesses had an estimated 10,949 job
vacancies in Spring 2006. This translated into 3.5 job openings for
every ten unemployed people between May and June 2006. An estimated 56
percent of these openings were full-time positions offering 35 hours or
more per week, and 87 percent were permanent jobs.
In regards to vacancy duration, more
than one-third of estimated openings were constantly being recruited for
or always open for hire, while an additional 13 percent had been open
for more than sixty days. Vacancies open for less than thirty days
accounted for 36 percent of private sector job vacancies in Spring 2006.
Nearly 64 percent of the vacancies
measured during the survey period required a high school diploma/GED or
less, while an additional 8 percent asked for some vocational training.
A college education was required for the remaining 28 percent of job
openings, divided among associate (8%), bachelor (16%), and advanced
(4%) degrees. As for experience requirements, more than half (52%) asked
for job experience related to the position and 20 percent required
potential hires to have general work experience.
The state’s estimated job vacancies
offered a median wage range of between $11.00 and $12.00. Approximately
64 percent of job openings in Spring 2006 offered health insurance and
61 percent provided access to a pension or retirement savings plan.
Other benefits were measured as well, including paid sick leave (53%),
paid vacation (65%), and tuition reimbursement (40%). No benefits were
offered with 27 percent of the job vacancies reported between May and
In Spring 2006, more than sixty percent
of Rhode Island’s estimated job openings, or 6,800 vacancies, were
concentrated in three industry sectors: Health Care & Social
Assistance (3,480), Accommodation & Food Services (2,001), and
Retail Trade (1,347). The Manufacturing (965) and Finance &
Insurance (584) sectors also reported large numbers of open positions.
Job vacancies were noted in more than
300 different occupations, including Registered Nurses, Waiters &
Waitresses, Nursing Aides, Retail Salespersons, Personal & Home Care
Aides, Cashiers, Restaurant Cooks, Customer Service Representatives,
Teacher Assistants, Carpenters, Bus Drivers, and Financial Managers.
If you have any questions regarding the Rhode Island Job Vacancy Survey,
or would like a hard copy of this publication, please contact LMI at (401)
462-8740 or firstname.lastname@example.org.