According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in April 2018, Rhode Island had a civilian workforce of around 558,900 and a 4.5% unemployment rate, which ranked it 37th nationally. In the same month, the national unemployment rate was 3.9%, as reported by the BLS. As of May 2017, the average hourly wage for all occupations was $25.54. Top earners, with regard to average wages per hour, were in medical and legal professions and managerial positions.
The fastest-growing careers in the state are listed as follows, according to 'CareerOneStop.org' for 2014-2024. These occupations can expect 27%-40% growth during that timespan.
- Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
- Operations Research Analysts
- Painters, Transportation Equipment
- Information Security Analysts
- Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators
- Insulation Workers, Mechanical
- Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners