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The Providence-Warwick metropolitan area ranked 233rd out of 358 metro areas nationwide for its decline in construction employment year over year in July, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. more
Mike Collier watched intently as the “Star Wars” action figure came up for sale on EBay last month at more than $10,000. It was a vinyl-caped Jawa from 1978, less than four inches tall, just like the one he’d bought for almost $5,000 two years ago. more
Six R.I. entrepreneurs have been selected as finalists to compete in the third annual Get Started R.I., a Shark Tank-like business pitch competition presented by Cox Business and Inc. magazine, according to a news release. more
Amgen Inc. and Belgian partner UCB SA said an experimental osteoporosis drug designed to promote new bone growth helped mend older women’s hip bone density in an advanced clinical test, sending UCB’s stock to the highest level in more than five years. more
Companies in the U.S. added 190,000 workers to payrolls in August, figures from the ADP Research Institute in Roseland, N.J., showed Wednesday. more
Retail executives with hefty pay packages and plenty of low-wage employees could end up looking worse than bank leaders when the rule requiring companies to report the gap between their CEO and their median worker goes into effect. more
Rhode Island ended its fiscal year with a stronger bottom line than expected, a $166.4 million general fund surplus that reflects both higher than anticipated revenue and less spending. more
U.S. stocks joined a worldwide selloff, after equities’ worst month in more than three years, amid continuing concerns that China’s slowdown will weigh on the global economy. more
The Rhode Island Black Business Association has named five recipients of its 2015 Business Awards Program, who will be recognized in October at a gala at the Omni Providence Hotel. more
The highest number of Labor Day travelers nationwide since 2008 are expected this weekend, according to AAA Northeast, which pointed to lower gasoline prices, higher disposable incomes and a stronger job market as reasons for the increase. more
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