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Unemployment in the Providence-Fall River-Warwick metro area plunged 1.6 percentage points to 7.8 percent in April, non-seasonally adjusted, compared with 9.4 percent a month earlier, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday. more
The Providence-Fall River-Warwick metro area added 900 construction jobs over the year ended in April, an increase of 5 percent that earned the region a spot at No. 122 in a ranking of U.S. metro areas in terms of year-over-year net employment gain, according to the Associated General Contractors of America jobs report released Tuesday. more
Rhode Island restaurants will see a 15.7 percent increase in employment during the 2014 summer season, according to a report released Thursday by the National Restaurant Association. more
Rhode Island’s economic growth held steady in the first three months of 2014, according to the Rhode Island Current Economic Indicator index released Wednesday by the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council and Bryant University’s Center for Global and Regional Economic Studies. more
An index of Rhode Island’s leading economic indicators produced by Providence Business News and e-forecasting.com fell in March for a second consecutive month, dropping one-tenth of a percent to 124.9 from 125 in February. more
Rhode Island’s unemployment rate remained the highest in the country in April despite a drop to 8.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. more
(Updated, 5:12 p.m.) Rhode Island’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent in April from 8.7 in March, according to seasonally adjusted data provided by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. The U.S. unemployment rate dipped to 6.3 percent in April from 6.7 percent in March. more
(Updated, 12:06 p.m.) Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee formally approved a new apprenticeship program for computer numerical control operators at the annual meeting of the Governor's Workforce Board at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick hotel Thursday morning. more
Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign the labor market continues to gain traction. more
Rhode Island ranks second in the country for workplace safety, according to a report released Thursday by labor-union federation AFL-CIO that placed the Ocean State’s work-related fatality rate for 2012 at 1.7 per 100,000 workers. more
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