These Are The 10 Cities In Rhode Island With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

By Chris Kolmar
Jul. 19, 2017

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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in Rhode Island with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to Rhode Island for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Ocean State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Newport(Jobs)
  2. Woonsocket(Jobs)
  3. Warwick(Jobs)
  4. East Providence(Jobs)
  5. Cranston(Jobs)
  6. Pawtucket(Jobs)
  7. Central Falls(Jobs)
  8. Providence(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Newport takes the cake as the place in Rhode Island with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in Rhode Island that have the most robust job force.

Or for more Rhode Island job information, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Rhode Island With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what Rhode Island’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 19,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 8 places in Rhode Island.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 8 with one being the “most employed city in Rhode Island”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

1. Newport

Population: 24,599
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Newport comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 5.8 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Woonsocket

Population: 41,136
Unemployment Rate: 7.1%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Woonsocket doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Warwick

Population: 82,065
Unemployment Rate: 8.0%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Warwick, earning the bronze medal with a score of 8.0 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. East Providence

Population: 47,166
Unemployment Rate: 9.2%
Following right behind in the number four slot is East Providence. With a population of 47166 residents, East Providence is a solid place to move in Rhode Island if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Cranston

Population: 80,680
Unemployment Rate: 9.6%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Cranston. Numbering around 80680 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 9.6%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Pawtucket

Population: 71,313
Unemployment Rate: 12.2%
The city of Pawtucket is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Central Falls

Population: 19,406
Unemployment Rate: 12.4%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Central Falls. With a unemployment rate of 12.4 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Providence

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 178,562
Unemployment Rate: 12.7%
Coming in at #8, Providence has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of Rhode Island’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across Rhode Island

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in Rhode Island with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. Providence
  2. Central Falls
  3. Pawtucket

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In Rhode Island

City Rank Unemployment
Newport 1 5.8%
Woonsocket 2 7.1%
Warwick 3 8.0%
East Providence 4 9.2%
Cranston 5 9.6%
Pawtucket 6 12.2%
Central Falls 7 12.4%
Providence 8 12.7%

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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