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Snapshot of the Rhode Island Economy
December 2017

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  Dec.
2017
Nov.
2017
Dec.
2016
% Change Year to Date
Nov. 17 Dec. 16 2017 2016 % Change
Labor Force and Unemployment (1,000s) (Seasonally Adjusted)
  R.I. Labor Force 554.9 554.8 550.6 0.0% 0.8% 554,852 552,106 0.5%
  R.I. Employed 530.3 530.8 523.3 -0.1% 1.3% 530,820 522,807 1.5%
  R.I. Unemployed  24.5 24.0 27.3 2.1% -10.3% 24,032 29,300 -18.0%
  R.I. Unemployment Rate 4.4% 4.3% 4.9% 2.3% -10.2% 4.3% 5.3% -18.4%
  U.S. Unemployment Rate 4.1% 4.1% 4.7% 0.0% -12.8% 4.3% 4.9% -10.7%
                     
R.I. Insured Unemployment (as of week of the 12th) Annual
  Avg. Insured Unemployed 6,678 6,573 7,302 1.6% -8.5% 9,163 9,621 -4.8%
  Insured Unemployment Rate* 1.44% 1.42% 1.58% 1.4% -8.9% 1.98% 2.09% -5.3%
                Annual
Total Jobs at R.I. Businesses (1,000s)(Seasonally Adjusted) 2017 2016 % Change
  Establishment Employment (Total) 497.3 497.9 491.3 -0.1% 1.2% 496.4 490.2 1.3%
  Natural Resources & Mining 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.0% 0.0% 0.2 0.2 0.0%
  Construction 20.7 20.9 18.6 -1.0% 11.3% 20.3 18.2 11.5%
  Manufacturing 42.0 41.8 40.0 0.5% 5.0% 41.1 40.4 1.7%
  Wholesale Trade 16.6 17.3 16.6 -4.0% 0.0% 17.1 16.6 3.0%
  Retail Trade 47.9 48.1 48.5 -0.4% -1.2% 48.5 48.4 0.2%
  Transportation & Utilities 11.7 11.7 11.5 0.0% 1.7% 11.6 11.5 0.9%
  Information 7.8 7.9 7.9 -1.3% -1.3% 7.8 8.0 -2.5%
  Financial Activities 33.6 33.2 32.8 1.2% 2.4% 33.2 33.4 -0.6%
  Professional & Business Services 65.6 65.3 66.4 0.5% -1.2% 65.8 65.7 0.2%
  Educational Services 26.3 26.2 25.8 0.4% 1.9% 26.0 25.6 1.6%
  Health Care & Social Assistance 81.8 81.5 81.0 0.4% 1.0% 81.3 80.7 0.7%
  Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 9.0 9.2 9.5 -2.2% -5.3% 9.5 9.4 1.1%
  Accommodation & Food Services 50.2 51.0 49.1 -1.6% 2.2% 50.2 48.4 3.7%
  Other Services 23.4 23.1 22.7 1.3% 3.1% 23.2 23.1 0.4%
  Government              60.5 60.5 60.7 0.0% -0.3% 60.6 60.6 0.0%
                     
Unemployment Insurance Annual
   Regular Claims 2017 2016 % Change
  Initial Claims 8,726 4,535 9,133 92.4% -4.5% 59,443 64,825 -8.3%
  Number of Payments 29,605 25,143 31,891 17.7% -7.2% 439,143 456,594 -3.8%
  Amount of Payments (gross millions) $10.4 $9.0 $10.9 15.6% -4.6% $152.2 $153.0 -0.5%
  Exhaustions (Final Payments) 608 635 670 -4.3% -9.3% 8,453 8,907 -5.1%
                   
                     
Temporary Disability Insurance Annual
                2017 2016 % Change
  Initial Claims 3,399 3,849 3,796 -11.7% -10.5% 47,075 47,983 -1.9%
  Number of Payments   27,908 28,369 28,270 -1.6% -1.3% 350,225 356,473 -1.8%
  Amount of Payments (gross millions) $13.8 $14.1 $13.7 -2.1% 0.7% $172.3 $171.7 0.3%

*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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