Chart: Here are the industries that added (or cut) jobs in RI

Rhode Island’s unemployment rate fell to 7.9% in June, the lowest level in six years, and employers have added nearly 6,000 jobs since January. But not all industries have fared equally well in the recovery.

On the positive side, employment in the arts/entertainment/recreation industry has jumped by 21% since December 2006, the last month before the downturn began in Rhode Island, to 9,400. For raw jobs added, the leader is health care/social assistance, which has added 5,300 positions since the end of 2006.

On the negative side, two historically blue-collar occupations – construction and manufacturing – continue to struggle. Construction employment is still down by an eye-watering 27% compared with December 2006; there were 6,300 fewer people working in construction in June compared with back then. In raw numbers, the manufacturing sector has been hardest hit, down by 10,900 jobs since the end of 2006.

The public sector hasn’t been immune, either: local government employment is down 11% since 2006.

Here’s a look at how employment changed in each industry from December 2006 to June 2014 as defined and tracked by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. They are in order from most jobs added (health/social assistance) on the left to most jobs lost (manufacturing) on the right:

RI employment by sector 2006 vs 2014 crop 2

6 thoughts on “Chart: Here are the industries that added (or cut) jobs in RI

    • This is you not understanding industry classifications and looking like an ass. Health care = hospitals, doctors offices, dentists, optometrists, medical labs, outpatient treatment, etc. Social Assistance = nursing homes, youth and elderly services, services for the disabled, child care, etc. in additional to the community housing and emergency services that you obviously have such a disdain for.

  1. municipal jobs down – i bet the head count is up in providence.

    don’t forget , carcieri cut the state work force by about 2000 workers. what do you get when you consider that?

    • Look at the job supplement for the Providence city budget. City employment is down by about 200. But pretend otherwise if it makes you feel better.

      I think Carcieri started cutting state workers after 2006, so this data should reflect that.

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