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Rhode Island Job Vacancy Survey 2008

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Rhode Island’s private sector businesses had an estimated 8,912 job vacancies in the Spring of 2008.  This translated to a job vacancy rate of 2.2 percent, or a little more than two job openings for every one hundred jobs filled. In comparison, there were 10,949 vacancies reported during the same survey period in 2006, reflecting a vacancy rate of 2.7 percent.

Over half (53.8%) of the 2008 estimated vacancies were for full-time jobs. 

The majority (78.4%) of the vacancies were for permanent positions, while 21.6 percent were for     seasonal or temporary positions.

Nearly half (45.1%) of the estimated vacancies had been open for less than 30 days and less than 10 percent had been open for 60 days or longer. Employers reported that they were constantly recruiting for more than 30 percent of their vacant positions.

The majority of vacancies were for educated and experienced workers. One third (33.3%) required a college degree (Associate or higher) and nearly 38 percent required a high school diploma/GED. Less than one-quarter of the job openings had no educational requirement.

Nearly 60 percent (58.6%) required experience in a related position and 20 percent required general work experience.

Many of the vacancies provided benefits such as health insurance (62.0%), paid vacation (59.8%), retirement/pension plan (52.0%) and paid sick leave (51.9%).

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 lmi@dlt.ri.gov.  

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