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The Providence-Fall River-Warwick metro area saw a 1 percent increase in construction employment from January 2013 to January 2014, according to The Associated General Contractors of America monthly jobs report released Thursday. more
Rhode Island is awarding $1.5 million in matching training grants to improve the job skills of 4,775 employees at 68 companies in the state. more
National Grid has submitted a proposal to the R.I. Division of Public Utilities and Carriers to construct the transmission system for the Deepwater Wind Block Island Wind Farm, instead of purchasing the completed system from Deepwater Wind as in previous plans. more
Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 9 percent in February, according to the latest monthly report from the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. Nationally, the U.S. unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.7 percent. more
As many as 89,300 Rhode Islanders could be affected by an increase of the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from the current $7.25 an hour, according to a fact sheet released by the White House on Wednesday. more
Speaking at Providence Business News’ Summit on Health Care Reform and the Insurance Exchange on Thursday, Coastal Medical Inc. President and CEO Dr. Alan Kurose shared the news that Coastal reduced its costs by 5.5 percent compared with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid projections during Coastal’s first year as a shared savings accountable care organization. more
MedMates, a health care technology network created to encourage collaboration within and strengthen Rhode Island’s health-tech ecosystem, will hold its first event of the year on Thursday to bring together early stage startups with industry mentors. more
The burden of housing costs leaves Latinos in Rhode Island with little purchasing power, according to data released Thursday by HousingWorks RI and the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University. more
The foreclosure rate for residential mortgages in Rhode Island declined in January, according to real estate data firm CoreLogic in a report issued Thursday. more
Lego A/S, the toymaker featured in a film that’s led U.S. ticket sales for three weekends, said full- year revenue advanced 10 percent with growth in all major markets, outpacing competitors including Mattel Inc. more
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