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Snapshot of the Rhode Island Economy
April 2017

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    Apr. Mar. Apr. % Change   Year to Date
    2017 2017 2016 Mar. 17 Apr. 16   2017 2016 % Change
Labor Force and Unemployment (1,000s)                  
       (Seasonally Adjusted)              
  R.I. Labor Force 555.5 554.1 552.4 0.3% 0.6%   553,246 552,273 0.2%
  R.I. Employed 531.6 530.1 522.5 0.3% 1.7%   528,457 522,383 1.2%
  R.I. Unemployed  23.9 24.0 29.9 -0.4% -20.1%   24,789 29,890 -17.1%
  R.I. Unemployment Rate 4.3% 4.3% 5.4% 0.0% -20.4%   4.5% 5.4% -17.2%
  U.S. Unemployment Rate 4.4% 4.5% 5.0% -2.2% -12.0%   4.6% 5.0% -7.5%
                     
R.I. Insured Unemployment (as of week of the 12th)             Thru Week 18
  Avg. Insured Unemployed 12,287 12,688 12,442 -3.2% -1.2%   11,723 11,915 -1.6%
  Insured Unemployment Rate* 2.65% 2.74% 2.71% -3.3% -2.2%   2.53% 2.60% -2.7%
                Year to Date
Total Jobs at R.I. Businesses (1,000s)             2017 2016 % Change
       (Seasonally Adjusted)                  
  Establishment Employment (Total) 494.6 494.8 489.6 0.0% 1.0%   494.4 489.4 1.0%
  Natural Resources & Mining 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.0% 0.0%   0.2 0.2 0.0%
  Construction 19.8 19.8 18.0 0.0% 10.0%   19.8 18.1 9.4%
  Manufacturing 41.2 40.3 40.7 2.2% 1.2%   40.4 40.8 -1.0%
  Wholesale Trade 17.2 17.0 16.8 1.2% 2.4%   16.9 16.7 1.2%
  Retail Trade 49.1 48.7 48.4 0.8% 1.4%   48.8 48.5 0.6%
  Transportation & Utilities 11.5 11.5 11.4 0.0% 0.9%   11.5 11.5 0.0%
  Information 7.7 7.7 8.2 0.0% -6.1%   7.7 8.1 -4.9%
  Financial Activities 33.5 33.0 33.6 1.5% -0.3%   33.3 33.6 -0.9%
  Professional & Business Services 65.9 66.7 65.3 -1.2% 0.9%   66.7 65.4 2.0%
  Educational Services 25.9 26.0 25.4 -0.4% 2.0%   25.6 25.4 0.8%
  Health Care & Social Assistance 81.2 81.6 80.7 -0.5% 0.6%   81.5 80.6 1.1%
  Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 9.4 10.2 9.4 -7.8% 0.0%   10.1 9.4 7.4%
  Accommodation & Food Services 48.5 48.4 48.0 0.2% 1.0%   48.6 47.9 1.5%
  Other Services 22.9 23.2 23.2 -1.3% -1.3%   23.0 23.2 -0.9%
  Government              60.6 60.5 60.3 0.2% 0.5% 60.6 60.3 0.5%
                     
Unemployment Insurance             Year to Date
   Regular Claims             2017 2016 % Change
  Initial Claims 5,356 3,956 5,985 35.4% -10.5%   22,107 25,700 -14.0%
  Number of Payments 38,106 48,581 38,031 -21.6% 0.2%   191,152 191,496 -0.2%
  Amount of Payments (gross millions) $13.3 $17.4 $12.7 -23.6% 4.7%   $67.2 $64.5 4.2%
  Exhaustions (Final Payments) 748 759 825 -1.4% -9.3%   2,946 3,109 -5.2%
                   
                     
Temporary Disability Insurance             Year to Date
                2017 2016 % Change
  Initial Claims 3,647 4,162 3,803 -12.4% -4.1%   15,554 16,317 -4.7%
  Number of Payments   26,061 28,764 29,427 -9.4% -11.4%   110,005 116,953 -5.9%
  Amount of Payments (gross millions) $12.8 $14.2 $13.7 -9.9% -6.6%   $54.2 $55.0 -1.5%

*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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