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Education jobs in Rhode Island lost

Posted on May 3, 2018

A number of education jobs in Rhode Island have declined, according to the state’s latest labor statistics.

In March, Rhode Island’s nonfarm payroll employment level of 498,300 was down by 500 from the revised February employment level of 498,800. The number of Rhode Island based jobs are up 6,400 from March 2017.

The number of jobs in the Construction sector fell by 500 in March, marking the first job loss within this sector over the past ten months. Employment in the Construction sector is up 300 from a year ago.

Health Care & Social Assistance employment declined by 400 in March, after declining by 300 in February. Despite the two consecutive months of job declines, Health Care & Social Assistance employment is up 1,200 over the year.

In March, Accommodation & Food Services employment decreased by 300, and the Educational Services and Financial Activities sectors each reported a loss of 200 jobs over the month. Educational Services employment has fallen for four consecutive months, shedding 800 jobs, and is down by 900 from March 2017. Over the year, the number of jobs in Financial Activities and Accommodation & Food Services are up 600 and 100, respectively.

Payrolls in Manufacturing fell by 100 for the third straight month, but the overall job count in the Manufacturing sector is still up 900 from a year ago.

Offsetting some of the March job decline was a gain of 500 jobs reported in the Professional & Business Services sector. Most of the job gains within this sector can be attributed to gains in the Administrative & Waste Services subsector. The number of jobs in the Professional & Business Services sector are up 3,000 over the year.

Both the Government and Retail Trade sectors added 200 jobs in March, with each sector being up 200 jobs from a year ago.

Finally, the Other Services, Transportation & Utilities and Wholesale Trade sectors all reported a gain of 100 jobs each in March. The Other Services and Transportation & Utilities sectors are up 600 and 400 jobs, respectively, from a year ago, while employment in Wholesale Trade was up 100 from a year ago.

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