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Snapshot of the Rhode Island Economy
December 2016

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  Dec.
2016
Nov.
2016
Dec.
2015
% Change   Annual Average
Nov. 16 Dec. 15   2016 2015 % Change
Labor Force and Unemployment (1,000s)(Seasonally Adjusted)        
  R.I. Labor Force 553.3 555.6 552.2 -0.4% 0.2%   554,311 554,615 -0.1%
  R.I. Employed 525.5 526.3 522.2 -0.2% 0.6%   524,368 521,617 0.5%
  R.I. Unemployed  27.8 29.3 30.0 -5.1% -7.3%   29,943 32,999 -9.3%
  R.I. Unemployment Rate 5.0% 5.3% 5.4% -5.7% -7.4%   5.4% 5.9% -9.2%
  U.S. Unemployment Rate 4.7% 4.6% 5.0% 2.2% -6.0%   4.9% 5.3% -7.8%
                     
R.I. Insured Unemployment (as of week of the 12th)   Annual Average
  Avg. Insured Unemployed 7,302 7,356 7,432 -0.7% -1.7%   9,621 10,333 -6.9%
  Insured Unemployment Rate* 1.58% 1.59% 1.63% -0.6% -3.1%   2.09% 2.27% -7.9%
                Annual Average
Total Jobs at R.I. Businesses (1,000s) (Seasonally Adjusted)   2016 2015 % Change
  Establishment Employment (Total) 492.1 493.1 488.5 -0.2% 0.7%   490.2 484.9 1.1%
  Natural Resources & Mining 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.0% 0.0%   0.2 0.2 0.0%
  Construction 18.2 17.6 18.4 3.4% -1.1%   17.8 17.0 4.7%
  Manufacturing 40.7 41.1 41.6 -1.0% -2.2%   41.7 41.3 1.0%
  Wholesale Trade 16.2 16.6 16.6 -2.4% -2.4%   16.3 16.9 -3.6%
  Retail Trade 49.1 49.1 47.8 0.0% 2.7%   48.4 47.9 1.0%
  Transportation & Utilities 11.7 11.7 12.2 0.0% -4.1% 11.5 11.5 0.0%
  Information 8.3 8.4 8.7 -1.2% -4.6%   8.5 8.6 -1.2%
  Financial Activities 32.0 32.4 33.2 -1.2% -3.6%   32.9 32.9 0.0%
  Professional & Business Services 66.5 66.0 64.3 0.8% 3.4%   65.7 63.4 3.6%
  Educational Services 24.4 24.8 23.8 -1.6% 2.5%   24.4 24.7 -1.2%
  Health Care & Social Assistance 80.4 80.9 81.1 -0.6% -0.9%   80.8 80.8 0.0%
  Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 9.8 9.7 9.4 1.0% 4.3%   9.2 9.0 2.2%
  Accommodation & Food Services 50.6 50.7 47.9 -0.2% 5.6%   49.3 47.4 4.0%
  Other Services 23.1 23.2 23.3 -0.4% -0.9%   23.3 23.1 0.9%
  Government              60.9 60.7 60.0 0.3% 1.5%   60.5 60.4 0.2%
                     
Unemployment Insurance   Annual
   Regular Claims   2016 2015 % Change
  Initial Claims 9,133 4,912 8,682 85.9% 5.2%   64,825 67,234 -3.6%
  Number of Payments 31,891 27,185 35,096 17.3% -9.1%   456,594 486,166 -6.1%
  Amount of Payments (gross millions) $10.9 $9.4 $11.5 16.0% -5.2%   $153.0 $158.3 -3.3%
  Exhaustions (Final Payments) 670 649 757 3.2% -11.5%   8,907 10,081 -11.6%
                   
Temporary Disability Insurance   Annual
                2016 2015 % Change
  Initial Claims 3,796 3,592 3,353 5.7% 13.2%   47,983 46,407 3.4%
  Number of Payments   28,270 33,367 32,999 -15.3% -14.3%   356,473 358,232 -0.5%
  Amount of Payments (gross millions) $13.7 $16.0 $15.4 -14.4% -11.0%   $171.7 $164.2 4.6%
 
   

*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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