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Food services jobs in Rhode Island grow

Posted on March 29, 2018

According to labor statistics, food service jobs in Rhode Island continue to climb.

The RI Department of Labor and Training announced that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February 2018 was 4.5 percent, unchanged from the January rate. Over the year, the unemployment rate is also unchanged from the February 2017 rate of 4.5 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in February 2018, unchanged from the previous month and down six-tenths of a percentage point over the year.

The number of employed RI residents was 532,000, an increase of 500 from the January figure of 531,500. Over the year, the number of employed RI residents was up 3,900 from February 2017 (528,100).

The RI labor force totaled 557,300 in February 2018, up 700 from January 2018 and up 4,400 from February 2017 (552,900).

The Professional & Business Services sector added 600 jobs in February, recovering all the 400 jobs lost in January. Over the year, employment within the Professional & Business sector is up 2,100.

The number of jobs in the Accommodation & Food Services sector rose by 500 from January, the first job gain within this sector since October 2017. Accommodation & Food Services employment is up 400 from February 2017.

Through the addition of 400 jobs in February and 300 jobs in January, the Wholesale Trade sector has recovered all the 700 jobs that were lost in December 2017. Since February 2017, Wholesale Trade employment is down by 100.

The Financial Activities and Other Services sectors each added 200 jobs in February, with Financial Activities being up 900 jobs from a year ago and Other Services being up 400 jobs.

Employment in the Construction sector reached 19,200 in February, an increase of 100 jobs from January and an increase of 400 jobs from February 2017. Construction employment is at its highest employment level since November 2008 (19,300).

An addition of 100 jobs was also reported in the Transportation & Utilities sector. Employment in this sector is up 200 over the year.

Employment was unchanged in the Information, Retail Trade and Mining & Logging sectors. Among these sectors, employment in the Information and Retail Trade sectors is down 400 and 200, respectively, from a year ago.

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