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Snapshot of the Rhode Island Economy
December 2015

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Dec. Nov. Dec. % Change   Year to Date
          2015 2015 2014 Nov. 15 Dec. 14   2015 2014 % Change
Labor Force and Unemployment (1,000s)  
       (Seasonally Adjusted)    
R.I. Labor Force 554.9 555.7 548.8 -0.1% 1.1%   555,427 553,347 0.4%
R.I. Employed 526.5 526.9 511.6 -0.1% 2.9%   523,234 511,003 2.4%
R.I. Unemployed  28.4 28.8 37.2 -1.4% -23.7%   32,193 42,344 -24.0%
R.I. Unemployment Rate 5.1% 5.2% 6.8% -1.9% -25.0%   5.8% 7.7% -24.3%
  U.S. Unemployment Rate 5.0% 5.0% 5.6% 0.0% -10.7%   5.3% 6.2% -14.3%
                           
R.I. Insured Unemployment (as of week of the 12th)   Annual
  Avg. Insured Unemployed 7,432 7,497 8,707 -0.9% -14.6%   10,333 11,940 -13.5%
  Insured Unemployment Rate* 1.63% 1.64% 1.94% -0.6% -16.0%   2.27% 2.67% -15.0%
                      Year to Date
Total Jobs at R.I. Businesses (1,000s)   2015 2014 % Change
       (Seasonally Adjusted)    
Establishment Employment (Total) 487.7 486.6 479.3 0.2% 1.8%   483.5 477.7 1.2%
Natural Resources & Mining 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.0% 0.0%   0.2 0.2 0.0%
Construction 16.5 15.5 16.6 6.5% -0.6%   15.7 16.4 -4.3%
  Manufacturing 42.0 42.1 41.4 -0.2% 1.4%   41.9 40.9 2.4%
Wholesale Trade 16.3 16.4 17.0 -0.6% -4.1%   16.6 16.8 -1.2%
Retail Trade 46.9 47.0 47.0 -0.2% -0.2%   47.0 47.1 -0.2%
  Transportation & Utilities 12.1 11.7 11.4 3.4% 6.1%   11.6 11.1 4.5%
Information 8.5 8.5 8.8 0.0% -3.4%   8.6 8.9 -3.4%
  Financial Activities 32.8 32.6 32.5 0.6% 0.9%   32.7 32.5 0.6%
  Professional & Business Services 64.8 64.3 60.6 0.8% 6.9%   62.9 60.5 4.0%
Educational Services 25.1 25.8 24.2 -2.7% 3.7%   25.0 24.4 2.5%
  Health Care & Social Assistance 80.6 80.5 80.7 0.1% -0.1%   80.7 80.7 0.0%
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 9.7 9.6 8.6 1.0% 12.8%   9.0 8.8 2.3%
Accommodation & Food Services 48.9 49.1 47.0 -0.4% 4.0%   48.0 46.3 3.7%
Other Services 24.0 24.0 23.2 0.0% 3.4%   23.9 23.0 3.9%
  Government              59.3 59.3 60.1 0.0% -1.3%   59.8 60.2 -0.7%
                           
Unemployment Insurance   Annual
   Regular Claims   2015 2014 % Change
  Initial Claims 8,682 4,223 9,808 105.6% -11.5%   67,234 76,712 -12.4%
  Number of Payments 35,096 32,156 46,812 9.1% -25.0%   486,166 559,852 -13.2%
  Amount of Payments (gross millions) $11.5 $10.7 $15.1 7.5% -23.8%   $158.3 $184.2 -14.1%
  Exhaustions (Final Payments) 757 742 1,111 2.0% -31.9%   10,081 13,803 -27.0%
 
                           
Temporary Disability Insurance   Annual
  2015 2014 % Change
  Initial Claims 3,353 3,648 3,670 -8.1% -8.6%   46,407 45,469 2.1%
  Number of Payments   32,999 26,455 32,133 24.7% 2.7%   358,232 367,638 -2.6%
  Amount of Payments (gross millions) $15.4 $12.2 $14.8 26.2% 4.1%   $164.2 $164.2 0.0%

*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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