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Education jobs in Rhode Island climb

Posted on June 4, 2019

More education jobs in Rhode Island have been added, according to recent labor statistics.

Payrolls in Rhode Island jumped to 500,300 in April, an increase of 4,200 jobs from the March revised payroll estimate of 496,100. April marks two consecutive months of job gains totaling 5,100 jobs. Revised estimates indicate that the last job decline reported in Rhode Island was in January when 2,500 jobs were slashed from the economy. The number of jobs is up 5,000 from April 2018.

The Professional & Business Services sector added 1,600 jobs in April, recouping all of the 1,100 jobs lost in March. Most of the job growth can be attributed to the Administrative & Waste industry sector, as payrolls rose significantly among landscaping companies. Over the year, Professional & Business Services employment is down 400.

Sizeable job gains in April were also noted in Health Care & Social Assistance, as the number of jobs grew by 800. Growth within this sector came via the ambulatory health care services and hospitals subsectors. Health Care & Social Assistance has reported three consecutive months of job gains totaling 1,600 jobs and is up 1,900 jobs from a year ago.

Payrolls in the Accommodations & Food Services sector increased by 700 in April, as employment increases were found among caterers, full-service restaurants and drinking establishments. The number of jobs in Accommodation & Food Services is up 100 from April 2018.

The Financial Activities sector added 400 jobs in April. Over the year, the number of jobs in Financial Activities is up 700.

Jobs in the Educational Services and Retail Trade sectors were each up 300 in April, while jobs in Wholesale Trade grew by 200. All three sectors reported growth over the year, led by Educational Services (+700), followed by Wholesale Trade (+400) and Retail Trade (+100). 

Three sectors reported an increase of 100 jobs in April; Government, Construction and Arts, Entertainment & Recreation. Over the year, job numbers are up in Government (+800) and Construction (+700), while being down in Arts, Entertainment & Recreation (-600). 

Manufacturing lost 400 jobs in April, all of which were among the durable goods manufacturing component. Manufacturing employment is down 1,100 from a year ago.

Payrolls in the Information, Mining & Logging, Other Services and Transportation & Utilities sectors remained unchanged from March.

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