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Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week as improved weather conditions ushered in labor-market stabilization. more
(Updated 4:19 p.m.) Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped to 6.3 percent for March, a one-tenth of a percentage point drop from a revised 6.4 percent in February, the state Department of Labor and Training reported Thursday. more
The unemployment rate for November dropped three-tenths of a percentage point to 7.1 percent from 7.4 percent a month ago, according to the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. more
The federal Environmental Protection Agency has launched the new Energy Star Home Advisor, an online tool to help consumers save money and improve their homes’ energy efficiency through recommended home improvement projects, according to regional administrator Curt Spalding. more
As of September, Rhode Island has recovered 65.8 percent of the 39,800 jobs it lost during its recession from December 2006 to August 2009, the state Department of Labor and Training reported Wednesday. more
Gasoline prices plunged again in Rhode Island and Massachusetts this past week due to falling oil prices, 11 cents and 10 cents, respectively, AAA Southern New England said on Monday. more
The New England jobless rate dropped 1.1 percentage points year over year in September to 4.6 percent. The rate was unchanged from August, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday. more
Employment rose more than forecast in December and the jobless rate declined to 5.6 percent, wrapping up the best year for the labor market since 1999 and adding to evidence the U.S. is a standout in the global economy. more
Hiring at the smallest U.S. businesses is moderating, a sign of sluggishness in the economy. more
(Updated 3:32 p.m.) Rhode Island’s jobless rate fell to 5.6 percent in August, a two-tenths of a percentage point drop from July and 1.8 percentage point decline from August 2014, the state Department of Labor and Training reported on Thursday. more
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