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Beginning Sunday, Jan. 5, Rhode Island workers could begin applying for Temporary Caregiver Insurance, which provides up to four weeks per year of job-protected leave to care for a new child or tend to a seriously ill relative. more
Even as the non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the Providence-Fall River-Warwick metro area stayed at 8.6 percent in November for the second consecutive month, the size of the labor force grew 0.8 percent to 691,500, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released Tuesday. more
There were 685,000 job openings in the Northeast as of the last business day in December, representing 2.6 percent of total employment in the region, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday. more
Mayor Angel Taveras and Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung have renewed their partnership through Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston, announcing the launch of a series of eight job fairs geared toward specific industries. more
An index of Rhode Island’s leading economic indicators produced by Providence Business News and e-forecasting.com rose six-tenths of a percent in January to 126.3 from 125.5 in December. more
The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits held last week near the lowest level in almost four months, a sign the labor market continues to strengthen. more
Job openings in the U.S. rose more than forecast in February to a six-year high as employers moved to boost hiring in response to rising consumer demand. more
Hope Global, a company headquartered in Cumberland that makes shoelaces, parachute cords and other engineered textile products, consciously refrains from using social media when checking references while hiring. more
A star salesman’s or software developer’s defection from one company to a rival can trigger rumor and intrigue worthy of a spy novel. more
It may be convenient, even more efficient, for some employees to work away from company headquarters at a client site or from home and communicate by email, phone, texting and Skype. more
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