Labor Market Information

The Labor Market Information (LMI) Division collects, analyzes and disseminates a wide variety of information on the Rhode Island labor market. LMI aims to make the latest information readily available to Rhode Island people, businesses, and organizations so they can make informed decisions about their economic futures. LMI can be contacted by email at or by phone at 401-462-8740.

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Key Statistics Aug-20 Jul-20 Aug-19
RI Monthly Jobs 466,200 459,300 503,400
RI Unemployment Rate 12.8% 11.3% 3.5%
US Unemployment Rate 8.4% 10.2% 3.7%
RI Labor Force 541,300 557,000 555,800
  Minimum Wage Median Wage
Rhode Island $10.50/hour* $21.24/hour
US Minimum Wage $7.50/hour $19.14/hour

*Effective October 1, 2020 RI minimumWage - $11.50/hour
RI Labor Force and Jobs Data Next Release - 10:00 am October 15, 2020