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Transportation jobs in Rhode Island climb

Posted on September 4, 2018

The latest labor statistics show that transportation jobs in Rhode Island have grown.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment ratefor July 2018 was 4.1 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from the June rate of 4.3 percent. Over the year, the unemployment rate is down three-tenths of a percentage point from the July 2017 rate of 4.4 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in July 2018, down one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month and down four-tenths of a percentage point over the year.

The number of Rhode Island based jobs climbed to 503,800 in July, an increase of 1,200 jobs from the revised June employment level of 502,600. July marks four consecutive months of job gains in Rhode Island, totaling 5,400 jobs or an average of 1,400 jobs added per month. Overall, Rhode Island’s job count is up 9,200 from July 2017.

Local dining establishments continued to add to their payrolls in July as the number of jobs in the Accommodation & Food Services sector grew by 1,100 in July. This sector has reported four consecutive months of employment gains, totaling 2,500 jobs. Over the year, employment in the Accommodation & Food Services sector is up 2,400.

Following a gain of 500 jobs in June, the Health Care & Social Assistance sector continued an upward trend, adding 600 jobs in July. Health Care & Social Assistance employment is up 2,400 from a year ago.

The Other Services sector added 500 jobs in July. The growth was fueled by an increase within the sector’s civic and social organizations. Other Services employment is up 1,300 from July 2017.

After shedding employment for three consecutive months, the Wholesale Trade sector rebounded by adding 300 jobs in July. The Arts, Entertainment & Recreation sector, which has added jobs from April through June, continued its growth by adding 200 jobs in July. Wholesale Trade employment is down 200 from a year ago, while employment in Arts, Entertainment & Recreation is up 500 during this period.

The Transportation & Utilities, Information and Government sectors all reported a gain of 100 jobs in July. Transportation & Utilities (+400) and Information (+100) each reported over-the-year job gains, while Government employment remained unchanged from a year ago.

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