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This week hasn’t been the best for the Ocean State when it comes to state rankings. WalletHub, a personal finance website, examined 116 U.S. cities to determine the hardest working cities in America in honor of Employee Appreciation Day on March 6. more
Employers added more jobs than forecast in February and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent, the lowest in almost seven years, showing the labor market is sustaining progress after the best annual performance in 15 years. more
Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has nominated three new members to the Governor’s Workforce Board. more
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level in more than nine months, a sign harsh winter weather may be stalling the job market’s progress. more
Service industries unexpectedly expanded at a faster pace in February, encouraging companies that make up the biggest part of the U.S. economy to take on more workers. more
Companies in the U.S. added more than 200,000 workers to payrolls in February, indicating the labor market remains on its strong trajectory, according to a private employment report. more
Business leaders in the U.S. adopted a more optimistic outlook in the first quarter as sales projections for the next six months reached a three-year high and capital-spending plans also advanced. more
A web-based employment search firm based in Westbrook, Maine, has upgraded its Rhode Island site, the first of six New England states to get enhanced tools for employers and users engaged in the job search. more
Honeywell Safety Products plans to close its Plainfield Pike facility, a company spokeswoman said Friday. more
More than 132,000 jobs in Rhode Island are supported by international trade, according to Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies. more
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