The Current Landscape of Rhode Island’s Workforce

By focusing on demand-driven programming and business-led partnerships, work-based learning opportunities, apprenticeship development, and incumbent worker training, Rhode Island continues to build out a responsive workforce development network that is prepared to connect Rhode Islanders to sustainable employment opportunities.

Rhode island workforce at a glance.

Landscape 3.5% Rhode Island unemployment rate, September 2019
Trained 36.7% of those who complete workforce training are women
Jobs 74.6% of those who completed trainings in 2018 entered employment
Retention 86.7% average retention rate of workforce training completers
Earnings $31K Median annual wage of workforce training completers in 2018

What is the current landscape of Rhode Island's Workforce?

Data has become increasingly important for recognizing shifts in demographic characteristics of the local labor force, growing industry sectors and occupations that can be used to support and guide well-informed workforce investment policies and decisions. Labor market information helps jobseekers, employers, and policymakers understand and identify trends in jobs, industries, wages and unemployment, as well as changes in the economy pertaining to the current workforce.

How many Rhode Islanders have received workforce training?

To create a sustainable labor force, Rhode Island is investing in workforce training to help individuals with limited education gain the skills that are necessary to succeed in today’s economy. From 2014-2018, more than 12,000 individuals completed workforce training, and of those, 29% only had a high school diploma or equivalent at the time of enrollment.

What are workforce participants doing after training?

Rhode Island continues to invest in strategies that meet employer demand and create pipelines for future demand by aligning skilled jobseekers with employers in Rhode Island’s top industries. In 2018, the highest percentage of workforce training completers were placed in jobs in 3 of the 4 largest industries in Rhode Island: Manufacturing, Accomodation and Food Services, and Healthcare and Social Assistance.

Are workforce participants keeping their jobs after placement?

Governor Raimondo’s marquee, demand-driven workforce program, Real Jobs Rhode Island, aims to place individuals in positions that lead to high-quality, long-term careers in industries that are projected to grow. As of December 2018, retention rates of individuals that completed the Real Jobs RI program were 5% higher than the general population, and 15.9% higher than traditional WIOA workforce training programs.

Are workforce participants earning wages comparable to other Rhode Islanders?