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Rhode Island healthcare jobs grow

Posted on September 6, 2017

The number of Rhode Island healthcare jobs is climbing.

Payroll in Rhode Island totaled 499,200 in July, reflecting a gain of 3,100 jobs from the revised June estimate of 496,100. A total of 2,800 of the 3,100 jobs were generated in the private sector. Overall, the number of jobs in Rhode Island is up 8,500 from a year ago.

Employment in the Accommodation & Food Services sector continued to trend up in July, adding 1,400 jobs. July marks four consecutive months of job gains within the sector, totaling 3,500 jobs. Accommodation & Food Services has added 3,500 jobs over the past year.

In July, Health Care & Social Assistance employment increased by 600, recouping most of the 800 jobs which were lost in June. This industry has added 400 jobs over the year.

The number of jobs in the Manufacturing sector rose by 600 over the month and employment within the industry continues to rise. The July employment level of 41,800 is the highest level since March 2009.

Another gain of 600 jobs was reported in the Professional & Business Services sector, snapping four consecutive months of job losses. The number of jobs in this industry is down 200 over the year.

Employment in the Government sector rose by 300 from June, while employment in the Educational Services and Arts, Entertainment & Recreation sectors rose by 200 each. Among these sectors, Educational Services employment is up 700 from a year ago and employment in both the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Government sectors is up 100 from a year ago.

The Retail Trade and Transportation & Utilities sectors each added 100 jobs in July and each sector has added 300 jobs over the year. Employment in Construction, Information and Mining & Logging remained unchanged.

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