The Jobs & Opportunity Index (JOI)
For employment data to be an accurate representation of the economy in any state, it must take into account the lived experience of the people who reside and work there. Moreover, for comparisons across time and across states, additional benchmarks are necessary. A more-complete economic index would measure a larger (or smaller) opportunity for Rhode Islanders to engage in meaningful work, to earn a livelihood for their families, and to increase their mobility for advancement up the income ladder. The Jobs & Opportunity Index (JOI) is that more-complete index.