Total Labor Force (2018)


Total Population


Population Rank Among States


American Community Survey, 2013-2017

Public School Spending Per Student


Rank Among States


U.S. Census Bureau, May 2020

Statewide Unemployment Rate (2018)


Rank Among States

31st (tied)

BLS, Local Area Unemployment Statistics
State Workforce Board

Rhode Island Governor’s Workforce Board

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State Workforce Plan

Local Workforce Boards

Providence/Cranston Workforce Development Board

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Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island

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Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training

Official State Workforce Agency


Official State Job Bank

WIOA Funding

Total funding received by Rhode Island under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

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Colleges and universities

Rhode Island's Colleges and Universities

Labor Force Data

*United States Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance National Data, 2018 Non-seasonally adjusted

Rhode Island National
Year-over Annual Job Growth
Year-over Average Wage Growth
Annual Average Unemployment Rate
Unemployment Exhaustion Rate
Annual Labor Participation Rate

Education Levels

*Ages 25 and Older according to the American Community Survey (ACS) educational attainment data.

Less than high school (6.0% Rhode Island | 12.0% National)
High school (24.0% Rhode Island | 27.1% National)
Some college/Associate Degree (25.9% Rhode Island | 28.9% National)
Bachelor's degree or greater (44.1% Rhode Island | 32.0% National)

Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Organizations

Rhode Island's Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Organizations

Latest Social Media Updates

Governor's Workforce Board

The Governor’s Workforce Board, in partnership with @JoinSkillful, is launching a new professional development program for career coaches in RI: the Governor’s Coaching Corps.

A webinar for interested applicants is on Friday 10/16 @ 2:30pm. Sign up here!

We are pleased to announce that the 2021 @RealJobsRI Solicitation for Implementation Grant Proposals has been released.

A copy of the RFP has been released and can be viewed here:

Responses to the RFP are due no later than Friday, November 13 by 4pm.

Please note: The GWB Work Immersion and Incumbent Worker Training grant programs are no longer accepting new applications effective 7/1/2020. The programs will reopen at a date TBD.

More information:

The Governor's Workforce Board is now soliciting proposals for the Real Pathways RI program for Fiscal Year 2021.

A virtual pre-proposal conference will be held on Monday, June 29 at 1pm. For more information, and to view the RFP, please visit

Are you a landlord with vacant apartments for rent? If so, call 2⃣1⃣1⃣ to partner with @liveunitedri and @ri_realtors for the Housing Now campaign. Help Rhode Island reach the goal of 100 pledged units by the end of the month! #HousingNOW GWB_RI photo

ICYMI: If your business or organization needs help with work related to the COVID-19 response/recovery, GWB has federal funds available to subsidize summer jobs for youth ages 16-24.

For more info, or to apply to be a partner, visit

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training

. @GDElectricBoat is NOW HIRING! EB is looking for entry-level and experienced welders, shipfitters, and pipefitters. Join a company that has set the standard of excellence in the construction of submarines for the U.S. Navy! #BacktoWorkRI

Apply Now:

JOB FAIR: @CentralFalls_RI and the DLT are hosting a virtual job fair on Wed, Oct 28 at 10am. The fair will be streamed over Zoom & Facebook. Attendees will hear from employers looking to hire right now. Check it out!

Interested in becoming a CNA? American Safety is offering FREE training with job placement! Training begins on Nov. 9th and will last 8 weeks. Classes are on M/W/TH. Day and night classes available. Spots fill up fast, so apply now!

NEW: We're working with @GoogleCloud and @RIPL_org to build new tools to help RI'ers get #BacktoWorkRI. Starting TODAY, you can sign up be first in line for personalized recommendations, and explore job and training opportunities that are available now!


Looking for a job in healthcare? @CCRINews is offering a FREE Patient Support Specialist training program! Graduates can begin careers as medical administrative assistants, unit secretaries, and more! Training begins Nov. 2nd. Enroll now! #BacktoWorkRI

. @Polaris_MEP and @RIMarineTrades are now recruiting for their Machine & Marine training program. If you enjoy learning new skills on the job and working with your hands, then this is an opportunity for you! Apply now through @SkillsforRI #BacktoWorkRI

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