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Snapshot of the Rhode Island Economy
April 2016

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Apr.. Mar. Apr. % Change   Year to Date
        2016 2016 2015 Mar.. 16 Apr. 15   2016 2015 % Change
Labor Force and Unemployment (1,000s) (Seasonally Adjusted)  
R.I. Labor Force
552.8
552.8
556.0
0.0%
-0.6%
552,474
555,365
-0.5%
R.I. Employed
523.3
522.8
521.3
0.1%
0.4%
522,752
519,990
0.5%
R.I. Unemployed 
29.6
29.9
34.8
-1.0%
-14.9%
29,722
35,375
-16.0%
R.I. Unemployment Rate
5.3%
5.4%
6.3%
-1.9%
-15.9%
5.4%
6.4%
-15.5%
  U.S. Unemployment Rate
5.0%
5.0%
5.4%
0.0%
-7.4%
5.0%
5.5%
-10.2%
                         
R.I. Insured Unemployment   Thru Week 19
  Avg. Insured Unemployed
12,442
12,715
13,984
-2.1%
-11.0%
11,964
13,442
-11.0%
  Insured Unemployment Rate*
2.71%
2.77%
3.09%
-2.2%
-12.3%
2.61%
2.98%
-12.4%
                    Year to Date
Total Jobs at R.I. Businesses (1,000s)(Seasonally Adjusted)   2016 2015 % Change
Establishment Employment (Total)
489.1
490.6
484.0
-0.3%
1.1%
489.0
482.7
1.3%
Natural Resources & Mining
0.2
0.2
0.2
0.0%
0.0%
0.2
0.2
4.3%
Construction
17.9
18.6
16.7
-3.8%
7.2%
18.5
16.6
11.4%
  Manufacturing
42.2
41.8
41.2
1.0%
2.4%
41.8
41.2
1.5%
Wholesale Trade
16.4
16.2
17.0
1.2%
-3.5%
16.3
17.0
-4.1%
Retail Trade
48.0
47.8
47.8
0.4%
0.4%
47.8
47.7
0.2%
  Transportation & Utilities
11.4
11.4
11.3
0.0%
0.9%
11.5
11.3
1.8%
Information
8.6
8.6
8.6
0.0%
0.0%
8.6
8.5
1.1%
  Financial Activities
33.0
33.3
32.9
-0.9%
0.3%
33.3
32.7
1.8%
  Professional & Business Services
65.2
66.4
63.2
-1.8%
3.2%
65.7
62.8
4.6%
Educational Services
23.9
24.2
24.9
-1.2%
-4.0%
23.7
24.9
-4.8%
  Health Care & Social Assistance
80.5
80.5
80.6
0.0%
-0.1%
80.6
80.6
0.0%
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation
9.2
9.5
9.1
-3.2%
1.1%
9.3
9.1
2.2%
Accommodation & Food Services
49.0
48.7
47.0
0.6%
4.3%
48.3
46.7
3.4%
Other Services
23.4
23.5
23.0
-0.4%
1.7%
23.3
23.0
1.3%
  Government             
60.2
59.9
60.5
0.5%
-0.5%
60.1
60.6
-0.8%
                       
Unemployment Insurance   Year to Date
   Regular Claims   2016 2015 % Change
  Initial Claims
5,985
4,020
6,107
48.9%
-2.0%
25,700
27,690
-7.2%
  Number of Payments
38,031
48,793
42,645
-22.1%
-10.8%
191,496
215,922
-11.3%
  Amount of Payments (gross millions)
$12.7
$16.7
$13.9
-24.0%
-8.6%
$64.5
$71.2
-9.4%
  Exhaustions (Final Payments)
825
821
932
0.5%
-11.5%
3,109
3,749
-17.1%
 
                         
Temporary Disability Insurance   Year to Date
  2016 2015 % Change
  Initial Claims
3,803
4,516
3,792
-15.8%
0.3%
16,317
15,205
7.3%
  Number of Payments  
29,427
33,284
27,354
-11.6%
7.6%
116,953
114,522
2.1%
  Amount of Payments (gross millions)
$13.7
$15.7
$12.3
-12.7%
11.4%
$55.0
$52.2
5.4%

*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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