Updated November 27 at 4:27pm
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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
Construction employment increased in 278 metropolitan areas, including the Providence-Fall-River-Warwick metropolitan area, in February, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. more
More than $1.6 million in federal funding has been awarded to the Rhode Island Sea Grant Program to help protect coastal and marine resources. more
A request for proposals has been issued for a third round of funding of up to $2.3 million for Workforce Innovation Grants to support partnerships between employers and education and training providers. more
KLR, an accounting and business advisory firm, has merged with Freshman & Ferraro PC The merger, which took effect Jan. 1, is part of KLR’s strategic plan to strengthen its international tax practice in Boston. more
Cilantro Mexican Grill has to pay more than $100,000 in wages and damages to 32 employees following a federal Labor Department investigation. more
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart said the U.S. central bank should take a “cautious and conservative” approach as it moves toward starting to raise interest rates around the middle of this year. more
Led by the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, a coalition of school reform advocates has launched “Bright Today Educational Choice,” a campaign espousing school choice in Rhode Island. more
Mayor Jorge O. Elorza is inviting residents to ask him questions via Twitter through a “Twitter Town Hall” scheduled for today from 1 to 2 p.m. more
Despite record snowfall and weak global economic conditions, the Massachusetts economy proved to be resilient in the first quarter, according to the MassBenchmarks Current Economic Index. more
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