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Snapshot of the Rhode Island Economy
July 2017

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      Jul. Jun. Jul. % Change   Year to Date
      2017 2017 2016 Jun. 17 Jul. 16   2017 2016 % Change
Labor Force and Unemployment (1,000s)
       (Seasonally Adjusted)              
  R.I. Labor Force 556.9 556.5 552.7 0.1% 0.8%   554,599 552,453 0.4%
  R.I. Employed 532.8 533.2 522.8 -0.1% 1.9%   530,387 522,503 1.5%
  R.I. Unemployed  24.1 23.3 29.9 3.4% -19.4%   24,212 29,950 -19.2%
  R.I. Unemployment Rate 4.3% 4.2% 5.4% 2.4% -20.4%   4.4% 5.4% -19.5%
  U.S. Unemployment Rate 4.3% 4.4% 4.9% -2.3% -12.2%   4.5% 4.9% -8.6%
                       
R.I. Insured Unemployment (as of week of the 12th)   Thru Week 31
  Avg. Insured Unemployed 8,380 8,750 8,887 -4.2% -5.7%   10,351 10,680 -3.1%
  Insured Unemployment Rate* 1.81% 1.89% 1.93% -4.2% -6.2%   2.24% 2.32% -3.4%
                  Year to Date
Total Jobs at R.I. Businesses (1,000s)   2017 2016 % Change
       (Seasonally Adjusted)                  
  Establishment Employment (Total) 499.2 496.1 490.7 0.6% 1.7%   495.7 489.5 1.3%
  Natural Resources & Mining 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.0% 0.0%   0.2 0.2 0.0%
  Construction 20.4 20.4 18.1 0.0% 12.7%   20.0 18.0 11.1%
  Manufacturing 41.8 41.2 40.6 1.5% 3.0%   40.9 40.7 0.5%
  Wholesale Trade 16.9 17.2 16.6 -1.7% 1.8%   17.0 16.7 1.8%
  Retail Trade 48.6 48.5 48.3 0.2% 0.6%   48.8 48.4 0.8%
  Transportation & Utilities 11.8 11.7 11.5 0.9% 2.6%   11.6 11.5 0.9%
  Information 7.9 7.9 8.3 0.0% -4.8%   7.7 8.0 -3.8%
  Financial Activities 33.0 33.5 33.4 -1.5% -1.2%   33.3 33.5 -0.6%
  Professional & Business Services 65.5 64.9 65.7 0.9% -0.3%   66.1 65.4 1.1%
  Educational Services 26.3 26.1 25.6 0.8% 2.7%   25.8 25.5 1.2%
  Health Care & Social Assistance 81.2 80.6 80.8 0.7% 0.5%   81.2 80.6 0.7%
  Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 9.4 9.2 9.3 2.2% 1.1%   9.7 9.3 4.3%
  Accommodation & Food Services 51.9 50.5 48.4 2.8% 7.2%   49.6 48.1 3.1%
  Other Services 23.4 23.6 23.1 -0.8% 1.3%   23.2 23.2 0.0%
  Government              60.9 60.6 60.8 0.5% 0.2%   60.6 60.4 0.3%
                       
Unemployment Insurance   Year to Date
   Regular Claims   2017 2016 % Change
  Initial Claims 4,082 6,020 4,263 -32.2% -4.2%   35,883 39,885 -10.0%
  Number of Payments 41,784 27,983 36,584 49.3% 14.2%   296,163 297,537 -0.5%
  Amount of Payments (gross millions) $13.3 $9.7 $11.3 37.1% 17.7%   $102.5 $99.7 2.8%
  Exhaustions (Final Payments) 820 686 732 19.5% 12.0%   5,318 5,413 -1.8%
                     
                       
Temporary Disability Insurance   Year to Date
                  2017 2016 % Change
  Initial Claims 3,803 4,365 3,704 -12.9% 2.7%   27,720 28,346 -2.2%
  Number of Payments   27,671 30,631 27,934 -9.7% -0.9%   200,221 200,242 0.0%
  Amount of Payments (gross millions) $13.6 $14.8 $13.2 -8.1% 3.0%   $98.2 $96.7 1.6%

*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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