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An analysis of Rhode Island’s tax data, released Thursday by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, showed more growth in the state’s private-sector employment during the fourth quarter of 2013 than originally estimated. After analyzing tax data from 32,000 businesses, the DLT now estimates the number of Rhode Island-based jobs for December to be 473,300 – 2,100 more than the original estimate of 471,200. more
Toy and game maker Hasbro Inc. posted earnings of $32.1 million, or 24 cents per diluted share, during the first quarter of 2014, reversing the net loss of $6.7 million, or 5 cents per diluted share, reported during the same period last year. more
Long-term health care costs in Rhode Island have risen more rapidly over the past five years than in the United States as a whole and can cost as much as 40 percent more each year than the national average, according to the Genworth 2014 Cost of Care Survey released Monday. 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 U.S. Justice Department has reached a settlement agreement with the state of Rhode Island resolving violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and improving career opportunities for approximately 3,250 Rhode Islanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities. more
The Consumer Price Index in the Northeast rose 1.5 percent on a non-seasonally adjusted basis during the 12 months ended in March, matching the increase in the national index during the same time period, according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. more
The 2014 Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts will be given at the 18th annual Pell Awards on June 9 to actor Richard Jenkins and his wife, director/choreographer Sharon Jenkins. more
Rhode Island’s commercial real estate market saw improvement across all sectors in 2013, but high vacancy rates, shorter lease terms and a dearth of high-bay warehouse properties continue to challenge the market’s recovery. more
Virtual technology developer Worlds Online Inc. has signed a letter of intent to acquire Sigal Consulting LLC, a Massachusetts-based firm that specializes in licensing and developing medical marijuana facilities, including the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center in Providence. more
National Grid and CVS Caremark Corp. have partnered with Roger Williams University to announce a sponsorship for select minority-owned, women-owned and veteran-owned businesses to participate in an RWU program to assist them in soliciting business. more
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