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Snapshot of the Rhode Island Economy
April 2015

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Apr.
2015
Mar.
2015
Apr.
 2014
% Change Year to Date
Mar. 15 Apr. 14 2015 2014 % Change
Labor Force and Unemployment (1,000s) (Seasonally Adjusted)
  R.I. Labor Force 553.8 551.9 555.3 0.3% -0.3% 551,064 555,166 -0.7%
  R.I. Employed 520.1 517.3 510.4 0.5% 1.9% 516,295 508,971 1.4%
  R.I. Unemployed  33.7 34.7 44.9 -2.9% -24.9% 34,770 46,195 -24.7%
  R.I. Unemployment Rate 6.1% 6.3% 8.1% -3.2% -24.7% 6.3% 8.3% -24.2%
  U.S. Unemployment Rate 5.4% 5.5% 6.2% -1.8% -12.9% 5.5% 6.5% -15.3%
                   
R.I. Insured Unemployment (as of week of the 12th)

Average thru week 18

  Avg. Insured Unemployed 13,984 14,535 16,590 -3.8% -15.7% 13,707 15,808 -13.3%
  Insured Unemployment Rate* 3.09% 3.23% 3.73% -4.3% -17.2% 3.04% 3.56% -14.6%
             

Year to Date

Total Jobs at R.I. Businesses (1,000s) (Seasonally Adjusted) 2015 2014 % Change
  Establishment Employment (Total) 481.4 480.8 477.1 0.1% 0.9% 480.6 475.6 1.1%
  Natural Resources & Mining 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.0% 0.0% 0.2 0.2 0.0%
  Construction 15.7 16.1 16.5 -2.5% -4.8% 16.3 16.4 -0.6%
  Manufacturing 41.5 41.8 40.8 -0.7% 1.7% 41.6 40.6 2.5%
  Wholesale Trade 16.5 16.7 16.8 -1.2% -1.8% 16.7 16.8 -0.6%
  Retail Trade 46.9 46.7 47.2 0.4% -0.6% 46.8 47.0 -0.4%
  Transportation & Utilities 11.6 11.8 10.9 -1.7% 6.4% 11.7 11.0 6.4%
  Information 8.6 8.7 8.8 -1.1% -2.3% 8.7 8.9 -2.2%
  Financial Activities 32.4 32.6 32.4 -0.6% 0.0% 32.5 32.3 0.6%
  Professional & Business Services 61.4 60.0 60.3 2.3% 1.8% 60.5 59.9 1.0%
  Educational Services 24.9 24.8 24.6 0.4% 1.2% 24.7 24.5 0.8%
  Health Care & Social Assistance 81.1 81.0 80.5 0.1% 0.7% 80.8 80.5 0.4%
  Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 8.7 9.1 8.9 -4.4% -2.2% 9.0 8.9 1.1%
  Accommodation & Food Services 47.8 47.3 46.2 1.1% 3.5% 47.3 45.9 3.1%
  Other Services 24.0 24.1 22.8 -0.4% 5.3% 23.9 22.8 4.8%
  Government              60.1 59.9 60.2 0.3% -0.2% 60.0 60.2 -0.3%
                   
Unemployment Insurance Year to Date
   Regular Claims 2015 2014 % Change
  Initial Claims 6,107 4,524 6,598 35.0% -7.4% 27,690 31,652 -12.5%
  Number of Payments 42,645 65,347 49,269 -34.7% -13.4% 215,922 250,457 -13.8%
  Amount of Payments (gross millions) $13.9 $22.0 $16.4 -36.8% -15.2% $71.2 $84.1 -15.3%
  Exhaustions (Final Payments) 932 1,108 1,390 -15.9% -32.9% 3,749 5,398 -30.5%
                 
                   
Temporary Disability Insurance Year to Date
              2015 2014 % Change
  Initial Claims 3,792 4,235 3,911 -10.5% -3.0% 15,205 14,679 3.6%
  Number of Payments   27,354 33,344 32,265 -18.0% -15.2% 114,522 115,982 -1.3%
  Amount of Payments (gross millions) $12.3 $15.3 $14.4 -19.6% -14.6% $52.2 $51.8 0.8%

 

*13-week average expressed as a percentage of covered employment.
Note: Data for latest month are preliminary. Prior year reflects latest revision. 
 

 
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