Rhode Island jobs reach all-time high

Rhode Island Jobs Reach All-Time High

State fully recovers jobs lost during recession

14,000 new jobs created since Governor Raimondo took office

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -  Governor Gina M. Raimondo issued the following statement Thursday following the release of the June 2017 Jobs Report which showed the state has regained all the jobs lost during the recession:

"We passed a milestone today that many of us hoped we would have passed much sooner. We've finally recovered all the jobs lost during the Great Recession. Since I took office, Rhode Island has created 14,000 jobs and our job count is now at an all-time high. Because of RhodeWorks and Rebuild RI, more than a quarter of the jobs created since December 2014 are in construction.

"Rhode Island is on the move, and our efforts to rebuild, reinvent and revitalize our economy are working. Our work is not done, though. But the simplest facts are these: There are more jobs in Rhode Island today than ever before, unemployment is below the national average and major companies like General Electric, Johnson & Johnson and Virgin Pulse have chosen to plant a flag in Rhode Island and hire Rhode Islanders.

"We're going to build on this progress and continue to create opportunities for every Rhode Islander to compete for a good-paying job."

Rhode Island added 200 jobs in June. (May jobs data was revised upward by 1,000 jobs.) Since Governor Raimondo has taken office, the state has added 14,000 jobs, including 3,700 in construction. The labor force grew in June by 700, the sixth straight month of labor force growth. 

(release from Governor's Office