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That Thanksgiving meal next week will cost a little more in Providence than 246 other communities in the country. more
The unemployment rate dropped to 7.4 percent in October, declining two percentage points compared with the year prior, according to the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. more
August’s unemployment rate in Rhode Island remained at 7.7 percent, unchanged from the month before, according to the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. more
Rhode Island ranks 47th in the country in overall highway performance and cost effectiveness in the latest highway report by the nonprofit Reason Foundation. more
Rhode Island continued to have the third-highest unemployment rate in the nation in August at 7.7 percent, trailing only Georgia, which was No. 1 at 8.1 percent, and Mississippi, No. 2 with 7.9 percent, according to data released Friday from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. more
WalletHub, the personal finance social network, released a study looking at the rates at which S&P 100 companies are taxed at the state, federal and international levels. more
The Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity on Thursday released its 2014 Report Card on Rhode Island Competitiveness, in which the Ocean State scored a “D” or “F” in nearly 80 percent of the measures analyzed to evaluate the state’s regional and natural economic competitiveness. more
(Updated, 5:30 p.m.) Fifty retired state employees and public school teachers have filed a lawsuit against the state of Rhode Island, objecting to their inclusion in the proposed class-action settlement of the state pension reform lawsuits. more
Court-ordered settlement talks between the state and Rhode Island public employees and retirees over cuts in pension benefits have broken down, sending the dispute to trial, both parties in the case said Friday. more
Unemployment in Rhode Island slid one-tenth of a percentage point in May to a seasonally adjusted 8.2 percent, down from 8.3 percent in April, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training reported Thursday. Last month also represented the first time since April 2013 that the state’s civilian labor force improved on both a month-over-month and year-over-year basis. more
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