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Cities & States

Providence County
Population: 630,459
Kent County
Population: 164,958
Washington County
Population: 126,405
Newport County
Population: 82,663
Bristol County
Population: 49,176

Rhode Island

State of Rhode Island Demographics

Located in the New England region of the U.S., the Ocean State’s recovery is a work in progress, underperforming the nation in most economic gauges. Today, much of the economy of Rhode Island is based in services, particularly healthcare and education, and still to some extent, manufacturing. Economic strengths include excellent higher education institutions, strong links to Boston, and high per capita income. Challenges are a high tax burden, poor infrastructure, and weak demographic trends. (Source: Moody’s Analytics, Inc.)

The latest employment scorecard for the State of Rhode Island for August 2016 to August 2017 is listed below, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rhode Island’s employment scorecard was fairly positive, seeing slight growth in the labor force of 0.7 percent, and labor force participation rate growth of 0.2 percent, and the unemployment rate falling by 1.0 percent to 4.3 percent. You can view what jobs are available in Rhode Island, as well as which sectors of the economy are growing most quickly, on our Job Listings page.

Rhode Island demographics

View more Rhode Island demographics, largest cities and counties, news sources, investor relations sites, and a directory to the individual page for each city and county in the State of Rhode Island below. More employment information for the State of Rhode Island and each of the state’s metropolitan areas in our Employment Database. This database includes 10-years rolling data on the unemployment rate and total labor force for all 50 states, the United States, and every metropolitan area in the country, including comparative analysis relating metropolitan areas to their main state and the nation.

Based on 2013 statistics, the healthcare and social assistance sector employs the greatest percentage of workers in the state, followed by government and government enterprises; retail trade; accommodation and food services; and manufacturing, respectively.

The largest employers in the state (as of December 2013) include Lifespan, Care New England, CVS Caremark Corp., RBS Citizens Financial Group, Brown University, Fidelity Investments, CharterCare Health Partners, General Dynamics Corp., Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and Bank of America.(Source: Merritt Research Services, LLC)

Total Population (2000, 2010, 2015*)

Based on 2000, 2010 and 2015* U.S. Census data
0.32% increase since 2000 census.
(* 2009-2015’ ACS 5-Year Estimates)

Directory of, Cities, Towns and Villages in Rhode Island

Directory of Counties in Rhode Island

Rhode Island Unemployment Data
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