Department of Labor and Training’s 2009 Job Vacancy Survey indicated
that there were an estimated 5,948 job vacancies between May and June
2009. This translated to a job vacancy rate of 1.5 percent or one and a
half job openings for every one hundred jobs filled. In comparison,
there were 8,912 job vacancies reported during the same period in 2008;
reflecting a vacancy rate of 2.2 percent. In 2006, the year prior to the
start of the state’s current economic downtown, there were nearly
11,000 vacancies reported during this period reflecting a vacancy rate
of 2.7 percent.
little more than half (50.4%) of the 2009 estimated vacancies were for
full-time jobs while 49.6 percent were part -time.
majority (82.1%) of the vacancies were for permanent positions, while
17.9 percent were for seasonal or temporary positions.
than half (40.8%) of the estimated vacancies had been open for less than
30 days and 15.4 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.
majority of vacancies were for educated and experienced workers. Nearly
one third (30.7%) required a college degree (Associate or higher)
and 34.3 percent required a high school diploma/GED. Less than
one-quarter of the job openings had no educational requirement.
than 60 percent (63.1%) required experience in a related position and
13.2 percent required general work experience.
of the vacancies provided benefits such as health insurance (45.1%),
paid vacation (40.8%), retirement/pension plan (40.7%) and paid sick
If you have any questions regarding the Rhode Island Job Vacancy Survey,
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