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In response to an ongoing labor dispute at the Renaissance Providence Hotel, the Boston-based Unitarian Universalist Association announced at a rally Wednesday night that they would boycott the hotel. more
Rhode Island has the highest percentage of “actively disengaged” workers in the United States, according to a report from Gallup. more
Cranston jewelry retailer Alex and Ani has received an Inc. Magazine “Hire Power Award,” placing at No. 45 on the publication’s list of the top 100 job creators in the country. more
Construction employment declined in 123 of 339 metro areas – including the Providence-Fall River-Warwick area – rose in 170 out of 339 metro areas – including the New Bedford area – and stayed stagnant in 46 metro areas from April 2012 to April 2013. more
Jackie Hennessey is an author and blogger who recently received an IndieReader Discovery Award for her book, “How to Spread Sanity on a Cracker.” Hennessey’s book is a compilation of stories from mothers about motherhood and cheese-dip recipes. The award honors undiscovered writers and exposes their work to agents, publishers, public relations professionals, bloggers and book reviewers. She earned a bachelor of arts in journalism from Texas A&M University. She is the founder of Hennessey PR Consulting and also writes for the “Ask Mom” column at OnlineRI.com. Early in her career, she worked as an assistant editor in Seattle. more
Rhode Island’s unemployment rate fell to 9.1 percent in March, the lowest unemployment rate for the Ocean State since November 2008, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training announced Thursday. more
The Governor’s Workforce Board has made available $700,000 to Rhode Island businesses for “incumbent worker training.” All Ocean State for-profit or nonprofit businesses that contribute to the Job Development Fund can apply for grants, which range in size from $5,000 to $40,000 and which must be matched by the company. more
The Governor’s Workforce Board has launched the first phase of its new Rhode Island Work Immersion Program, which will provide work experience for college students and unemployed adults in the state. more
(Updated, 2:35 p.m.) Allstate Insurance Company this week said it wants to add more than 30 new insurance agents in Rhode Island over the next year, revising expansion plans first announced in July 2012. more
Rhode Island’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 8.9 percent in May after 10 consecutive months of declines, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training said Thursday. more
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