Health Care and Social Assistance in Rhode Island's Economy

Report by DataSpark
December 2015

(Inactive) The Providence Plan   (Providence*)

This data story looks at Health Care and Social Assistance--both the largest employment sector in the state and the sector projected to add the most new jobs in upcoming years--in more detail to better understand its role in the Rhode Island economy.

We start with the latest available wage data for all industries to see how this sector fits into RI's overall employment landscape. We then explore wages for Health Care and Social Assistance in detail, drilling down into individual job sectors to see where the wages actually go. Finally, we offer some comparative looks at health care wages in nearby states and at projected growth in different health care occupations nationally. Our analysis offers a detailed picture of the economic impact of this important job sector.

The analysis was undertaken as part of Rhode Island's Workforce Data Quality Initiative, which is funded by the US Dept. of Labor and aimed at pinpointing the effectiveness of education and training programs.