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Despite a drop in Rhode Island’s unemployment rate to a seasonally adjusted 8.7 percent in March, the Ocean State again ranked as the state with the highest jobless rate in the country, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. more
Movoto Real Estate has named Westerly the best place to live in Rhode Island, lauding the high quality of life and low crime and unemployment rates in the Ocean State’s southwestern-most town. more
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Rhode Island dropped to 8.7 percent in March, according to statistics released Thursday by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. Still higher than the national unemployment rate of 6.7 percent for March, the Rhode Island figure is the lowest unemployment rate since September 2008, the DLT said in a release. more
With the onset of spring, New England businesses are relying on improved consumer confidence and higher sales to drive economic recovery after a difficult first quarter affected by severe winter weather, according to the Federal Reserve Board’s Beige Book released Wednesday. more
The number of Americans filling for unemployment insurance payments last week hovered near the lowest level in almost seven years, showing the job market is making progress. more
The city has started the second year of work in its $40 million road re-surfacing project. Funded with a voter-approved bond in 2012, the road project completed 32 miles of repaving last year and began this year’s work Wednesday on Moses Brown Street in the Wayland Square neighborhood. more
The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded $787,100 in federal matching grants to support new and established art projects, workshops, community arts programs and arts education in Rhode Island. more
Gains in manufacturing are helping power the U.S. out of the winter doldrums, while homebuilding shows signs of lagging behind. more
LIN Media LLC directors structured Media General Inc.’s $1.6 billion buyout of the local TV-station operator in a way that unfairly benefits private-equity firm HM Capital Partners LLC over other shareholders, a pension fund claimed in a lawsuit. more
The R.I. Department of Revenue collected $27.6 million less than expected in March, meaning the monthly total general revenue of $305 million fell 8.3 percent short of the $333 million originally projected, the department reported Tuesday. more
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