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Healthcare jobs in Rhode Island grow

Posted on February 6, 2019

A number of healthcare jobs in Rhode Island have grown, according to recent labor statistics.

In December, the number of Rhode Island-based jobs totaled 505,000, an increase of 2,200 jobs from the revised November job count of 502,800. Rhode Island has averaged a gain of 800 jobs over the past three months and has 7,100 more nonfarm jobs than a year ago.

After reporting a loss of 600 jobs apiece in November, both the Construction sector and Other Services sector rebounded by adding 800 jobs and 600 jobs, respectively, in December. Each sector reported large over-the-year gains, with Other Services reporting a gain of 1,400 jobs from December 2017 and the Construction sector reporting a gain of 900 jobs.

In addition, the Professional & Business Services sector reported a gain of 600 jobs in December. Through the robust December gain, the Professional & Business Services sector is up 1,400 jobs from a year ago.

The Educational Services sector ended the year by adding 200 jobs in December and is up 900 jobs from December 2017.

The Accommodation & Food Services, Government, Health Care & Social Assistance and Retail Trade sectors each added 100 jobs in December. Among these four sectors, jobs in Retail Trade (+1,600), Accommodation & Food Services (+1,100) and Health Care & Social Assistance (+700) are up over the year, while Government employment is down 100.

Wholesale Trade reported the largest job decline in December, shedding 200 jobs from November. This was the first job decline in Wholesale Trade since September. Employment within the sector is up 200 from a year ago.

The Information and Manufacturing sectors each lost 100 jobs in December. The number of jobs in Information is up 100 over the year, while jobs in Manufacturing are down 600 over the year.

Employment in Arts, Entertainment & Recreation, Financial Activities, Mining & Logging and Transportation & Utilities sectors remained unchanged in December. Employment in both Financial Activities and Mining & Logging remained unchanged from December 2017, while Transportation & Utilities and Arts, Entertainment & Recreation employment is down 300 and 200, respectively, from a year ago.

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