Labor and Workforce

Warwick’s economy is among the strongest in the region. The City’s economic diversity provides long term stability to the local economy, and Warwick’s labor force is well-educated, skilled and motivated.


Warwick/Rhode Island Statistical Snapshots


  •    Population of Warwick is 82,672
  •     Approximately 83% of the workforce is non-union
  •     Warwick has 3,341 Private Sector businesses
  •     Warwick employs 48,320 workers and paid $1.7 billion in wages in 2007
  •     Average wage is $35,976
  •     In 2008, Warwick employed 11.6% of all of Rhode Island’s workforce
  •     Annual high school graduation rate is 93%
  •     Total Labor Force: 49,554
  •     Average commute time: 22 minutes


Rhode Island boasts some of the most aggressive employment and training tax credit programs in the nation. See incentives and initiatives for details.


The Human Resource Investment Council and the Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island, working with Warwick, provide qualified businesses with training grants and other programs that allow:


  •     Grants up to 50% of the cost, including trainees’ salaries
  •     Matching retraining grants, up to $30,000, for existing employees
  •     Assistance in receiving a matching grant of up to $10,000 for upgrading existing employee skills
  •     Assistance with tax credits of up to $5,000 per employee for 50% of approved training costs


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